Challenges to Address Environmental Issues Facing the Planet
Drawing inspiration from the concept of moonshots, which since the moon landing in 1969 has become shorthand to talk about ambitious and groundbreaking goals, the UK’s Prince William has announced The Earthshot Prize: a set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet. Rooted in science, these unique challenges are intended to generate new ways of thinking that will inspire new technologies, systems, policies, and solutions. To motivate a new generation of thinkers, leaders, and dreamers, the prizes will reward progress across all sectors of industry and society, not just technology. In 2020 a small number of Earthshot challenges will be unveiled in special events around the globe. These challenges will seek answers to the biggest issues currently facing the planet, including climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, oceans, air pollution, and fresh water. A prestigious prize will be awarded to five winners per year over 10 years. The Earthshot organization hopes to provide at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest problems by 2030. An annual awards ceremony will take place in different cities around the world each year between 2021 and 2030. New details about The Earthshot Prize will be announced throughout 2020.
The EcoTarium offers interactive, educator-led programs aligned to current science standards. Children in prekindergarten through grade 8 can join an EcoTarium educator live on Zoom and engage in science explorations on topics such as Animal Adaptations and Understanding Weather.
Developed by Killer Snails for iOS and Android devices, BioDive is a virtualreality/digital experience in which middle school students become marine biologists investigating the delicate ecosystems of venomous marine snails.