The youth is the future. However, climate change isn’t taught in all schools. In addition, kids hear different opinions from their parents, news, and friends. Typically, kids tend to form their opinions based on those closest to them. So, if their family convinces them climate change isn’t real, that’s probably what they’ll think. But then they still hear stories of it being real from other students or the news. Now, they’re unsure of what exactly to think. They might be scared to question their parents or overwhelmed by research on the internet. ClimateMatch gives them an opportunity to freely ask their climate change questions on a forum with other kids who are facing the same issue as well as expert climate scientists to provide answers.
What it does
Climate Match is a webapp that connects youth with scientists and experts in climate change allowing them to ask any questions they may have about the topic. Climate Match provides kids with reliable information from credible sources allowing them to debunk pseudoscience and become more educated on the topic so they can make more informed decisions and learn how to get involved in fighting climate change. Climate Match fosters an inclusive environment where everyone can feel comfortable asking their questions and learning more about climate change.
How we built it
We made Climate Match in Python using Flask and used sqlite as our database. We also used CSS and HTML.
Challenges we ran into
Initially, we had a challenging time deciding on what our project would be. We had a few different ideas so, narrowing those down was difficult. We decided to go with what would be the best option for children to ask their specific questions with no judgement.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We’re proud that we were able to turn our original designs into reality. Part of being able to make this possible was learning how to use flask which all of us were unfamiliar with at the start.
What we learned
We learned that it takes time and a lot of problem solving to change our ideas into actual code. Also, we learned how to use some new technology such as flask and more about the process of creating a product from an idea.
What's next for Climate Match
Given more time, our next step would be to find the actual experts to participate in the forum.