Submitted by: Österreichisches Ökologie-Institut & ZOOM Kindermuseum
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Environment Checkers
The omnipresent topics of climate change, sustainable development and environmental protection are to be taught to the very young. From March to August 2007 the Vienna children’s museum ZOOM hosted the interactive exhibit “Environment Checkers”. The Ecology Institute accompanied the exhibit and prepared a comprehensive educational package for grades one to six. The Environment Checkers begin with the children’s own environment and playfully show how small everyday things can cause big changes. The children recognize how they themselves can influence and create change. Due to the huge success of the educational materials, they were updated and enhanced early in 2009. 30,000 children visited the exhibit during its six months.