Today's children will form the next generation of data literate citizens and professionals. Raising awareness and interest at a young age is therefore just as vital as enabling children to understand and manage data. At the same time the view of children on topics that can seem almost too complex to explain can be very refreshing:
"Copernicus makes selfies of the Earth" describes a young pupil her understanding of the Copernicus programme.
In order to coordinate the efforts aimed at integrating Copernicus into study programmes, the Copernicus Academy - a Copernicus network of educational institutions - is creating a repository of educational material for primary and secondary education. Multiple Universities, the European Geosciences Union and UNESCO are contributing to the initiative and the repository will soon be available. In parallel, EUMETSAT (the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) has published an easy-to-understand informative article about the Copernicus programme. A good start to understand Copernicus, also for grownups.