|Project Title||Blogger for School Election Project 2016 and Going Green 2016-17|
|Project Summary||Blog for Germany-based bi-national e-learning projects “U.S. Embassy School Election Project 2016” and "Going Green – Education for Sustainability". Projects run from September 2016 to November 2016/Spring 2017 respectively.|
|Agency||Department of State|
|Number of Interns||2|
The “ Election Project 2016” and "Going Green" are a unique cooperation of a diverse team: The U.S. Embassy Berlin, Leuphana University Lüneburg, LIFE e.V./eXplorarium, and teachers. E-learning teaching materials have been developed throughout a pilot project (a) in the election year 2012 and (b) a Going Green pilot project in 2014 and in the 2015/16 school year. In Sept. 2016, German and U.S. classes will enroll on a Moodle e-learning platform (via TeachAboutUS.org) and participate in both projects. Most will start with the School Election project during the fall and possibly postpone Going Green to the second school semester (spring of 2017). Both projects will run simultaneously and conclude with a student conference (and awards), but blogging will concentrate mostly on the elections in the fall.
Goal: to include learner groups from both sides of the Atlantic and keep them interested in both subjects via blogging. Info: teachaboutus.org
Tasks: Support both high school oriented e-learning projects in which German and American students will collaborate closely; blog as part of a team throughout the academic year 2016-17; help recruit American High School teachers/students to collaborate with German counterparts; explore democratic participation in the U.S., especially among the young; investigate measures and approaches undertaken in both countries to pursue sustainability; exchange and discuss personal and culturally-specific views on elections and on environmentalism; jointly develop ideas with a team of experts for sustainability projects in local environments.