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About Climate Detectives Kids

Climate Detectives kids challenges students to make a difference by engaging with Earth’s environment to help protect it.

In this project students will complete activities focusing on Earth’s environment, collect evidence of their discoveries and earn badges for each activity!

The more we know about our planet the more we can do to protect it!

Climate Detectives Kids

1 hour per activity

suggested for up to 12 years old

up to the whole class

Non Competitive

How to take part

Choose one of the proposed activities or create your own, and submit a description and a picture of your project.

Teams that submit one activity will receive a bronze badge. If teams complete two activities, they will receive a silver badge. Teams that complete three activities will receive a gold badge plus a virtual certificate as a recognition of their detective work to understand and protect our home planet.

Visit the virtual gallery of your team and share your project with your family and friends! 


The project is open from 22 September 2023 to 25 April 2024.  Teams can submit the activities all at once or in different moments. 

Why participate

By participating in the Climate Detectives kids project, young students will learn about Earth’s science and environment through selected learning resources and hands-on activities as well as understand the importance of respecting our environment.

Who can participate

  • Age range: The Climate Detectives kids activities are suggested for ages 8 to 12 years old but can easily be adapted for other age groups and skill levels.
  • Teams: No minimum or maximum number of team members required to participate, but students are encouraged to work with at least 1 other person.
  • Each team must be supported by a Team Leader (teacher, mentor, educator, or parent). Family teams are welcome.
  • At least 50% of the team members must have the nationality of an ESA Member State. Further to the 22 Member States, also Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, based on their agreements with ESA, qualify to fully participate in the programmes of the ESA Education Office. In the framework of the current collaboration agreement between ESA and the Republic of Malta, teams from Malta can also participate in the Climate Detectives project.

Suggested activities

Explore the Climate Detectives activities and learn more about Earth’s environment and how to monitor our planet from space. You can also explore extra tools and resources in your country page.

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The Water Cycle

Brief description In this set of six activities, students will learn about the water cycle and, in particular, how water in the soil contributes to the cycle and responds to changes in it. A set...

Weather vs Climate – Understanding the difference between weather and climate

Brief description In this set of three activities, students will learn the difference between weather and climate. They will identify different climatic zones and collect their own weather data. They will analyse and compare daily...

One year on Earth – Understanding seasons

Brief description This resource includes two activities to foster and enhance pupils’ knowledge of seasons, and focuses on the basic mechanism behind different seasons on Earth. The resource is divided into different parts, therefore enabling...

Earth under the lid – Understanding the greenhouse effect

Brief description In this set of two activities, pupils will learn about our atmosphere and the greenhouse gases that it consists what allow the Earth to be a habitable planet. Without them, life as we...

From the Ground and from the Sky- Analysing and understanding images of planet Earth taken from space

Brief description In this set of three activities, pupils are introduced to the idea of remote observation of the Earth from space. They are asked to match photographs of different landscapes (mountains, lakes, rivers, cities,...

The Magic of Light – Using spectroscopes and colour wheels to study the properties of light

Brief description In this set of eight activities, pupils work individually or in groups to build a spectroscope that can be used to look at light sources possibly including the Sun, LEDs, and a screen....

Country under Threat – The prospects for life on small islands

Brief description In this set of four activities pupils will learn about the causes and potential impacts of sea-level rise while developing core scientific skills. The activities introduce the context by using a case study...