With kids at home, Earth School wants to send them on a “quest”

Over 1.5 billion children can't go to school right now. An online program called Earth School hopes to help by offering kids, parents and teachers dozens of science "quests."
By | Published: May 26, 2020 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
European Southern Observatory/P. Horálek
Today, over 1.5 billion children are unable to go to school. Beyond public health and the economy, coronavirus is disrupting how we engage and educate younger generations ⁠— and a group of global environmental education experts have started a program to help.

TED Education, The United Nations Environmental Programme and many other partners launched the Earth School, targeting the time between Earth Day (April 22) and World Environment Day (June 5).

Earth School gives kids, parents, teachers and lifelong learners 30 days of “quests” to help them learn about and connect with nature. Each quest includes a variety of educational videos, quizzes and activities, as well a section of resources for students to “go deeper” into topics they find most interesting. The most popular quest to date, on The Nature of Transport, has been viewed over 5,880,000 times.

Earth School and Citizen Science

Earth School includes COVID-19-appropriate, globally-relevant, citizen science activities. Citizen science engages the public in scientific research that needs their help — by taking pictures of the night sky to measure light pollution, submitting observations of air quality, observing different types of local plants and animals and more.

This Citizen Science Quest (number 26 in Earth School), launches May 27 and features a range of global citizen science projects and additional resources like educator materials, access to open data maps and a SciStarter Earth School page.