Greek scientist and co-founder of SciCo (Science Communication) Thodoris Anagnostopoulos has become a member of the large family of National Geographic explorers.
Reported by XPat Athens, Thodoris will be working with the SciCo team, British Council Greece, and STEM teachers from Xanthi, to initiate an environmental education program for students in Pomakochoria, Thrace.
The National Geographic Society will support the project, which is expected to begin in the fall of 2021. The aim of the project is to alleviate the social isolation of young Pomaks, as well as to raise awareness about climate change, the exploitation of renewable energy sources, and the preservation of the natural wealth of the area.
The extracurricular workshops STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) of environmental education will be aimed for students 10 to 16 years old.
Thodoris Anagnostopoulos notes: “Using science as a neutral “language” that bridges cultural differences, the project proposes STEM environmental education outside school, as a tool for creative collaboration between Pomak and non-Pomak students and alleviating the social isolation of the former.”
“The laboratories are adapted to the needs and special characteristics of the area and will focus on Renewable Energy Sources. Children will initially have the opportunity to study projects on a small scale and will gradually implement them in their schools and the local community to address real problems.
“This approach will create a safe and unrestricted space for education, enhancing the collaborative climate and students’ skills.”