EIT Climate-KIC Young Innovators 2020

EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), EIT Climate-KIC identifies and supports innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt for climate change. The community believes that a decarbonised economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change, but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.

The Young Innovators programme of EIT Climate-KIC is a signature educational programme that aims to foster a systemic view on current climate challenges and empower young people to develop innovative solutions through Problem-based Learning experiences. With the Young Innovators programme, students are invited to join this journey where they are introduced to a systems innovation approach. Systems innovation approach is based on the awareness that any change that is planned to be introduced in a particular sector in society will affect and be affected by other parties. Taking a systems innovation approach enables students to explore the relationships between such interconnected aspects and also to take account of the people who are affected, their values, their expectations and their reactions. Involving students working towards a healthy and sustainable planet, and encouraging them to act as catalysts for systemic change, is critical. The thinking around climate innovation needs to start now as these young people are the business, societal and national leaders of tomorrow.

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Objectives

The EIT Climate-KIC Young Innovators 2020 Cyprus aims to support secondary and high school students to develop their 21st century skills and competences related to climate innovation, under the umbrella of the PBL pedagogy. Among other competencies, the project promotes systems thinking and analysis, critical thinking, creative problem-solving and entrepreneurship. The programme has 2 Stages:

Stage 1: Teacher Training

In stage 1 of the project, different teaching specialists (e.g. Geography, Science, Chemistry, Biology, Design & Technology etc.) and environmental and sustainable development educators across Cyprus will participate in training sessions.

Stage 2: Pilot Workshops with Students

In stage 2 of the project, the trained educators will be called to prepare pilot workshops and challenges for their students with the support of our coaches and problem owners. The participating students will be introduced to the programme via the online social simulation followed by the Young Innovators tools to analyse local issues in the context of Cyprus.

Our Team

The EIT Climate-KIC Young Innovators 2020 consortium is composed by the Cyprus University of Technology (Lead Partner), the Cyprus Energy Agency and the Centre for Systems Solutions in Wroclaw - Poland.

Brochures

Please find the latest EIT Climate-KIC Young Innovators and New Shores brochures

Latest News

Young Innovators Cyprus 2020: Young Climathon Event

On Friday and Saturday November 27-28 and December 4-5, the partners of the EIT Climate-KIC Network in Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology and the Cyprus Energy Agency, held two online climate-innovation competitions, named Young Climathon, giving the opportunity to youth aged 12-18 from all over Cyprus, to propose innovative, sustainable, long-term, and just...

Introducing Young Innovators and Young climathon to the public!

Dr Stelios Yiatros, the coordinator of the Young Innovators programme in Cyprus, was invited to introduce both the programme and its final event. More specifically, he explained the programme’s main objectives and how it was implemented in public and private schools, with students aged 12-18.  He also informed the public about the Young Climathon,...

EIT Climate-KIC Young Innovators Cyprus Learning Platform