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The Cool Science project would not be possible without the attention of caring parents and guardians. No student works in isolation and the more parents and guardians can do to support a student’s efforts, then the more learning about climate change will take place. The following are suggestions for parents and guardians that should help produce a successful project and learning experience. If a question arises dealing with the science of climate change or the technical aspects of the competition, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to address your questions and respond to you in a timely fashion.

Because the required size of the canvas is 24 inches by 9 inches, you can use one 24" by 36 " poster board or paper and cut it into four 24 x 9 inch pieces.

Parents and guardians can be valuable to this project. Parental interest sends a strong signal to students that the project is important and that the topic of climate change is one worth studying. Suggestions for how parents can best support their child(ren) include:

  1. Talk with your child(ren) about climate change. Ask them questions and identify specific ideas that need clarification.
  2. Help your child(ren) find answers to questions through online research. Review and read websites together.
  3. Resolve technical issues that may arise with computers, the internet, and /or submitting projects.
  4. Provide art resources to complete the project.
  5. Become familiar with the technical requirements and the evaluation criteria so as to guide student work to a successful submission.


The following are a few specific websites that focus on helping parents talk with their children about climate change. After you check out these sites, don’t forget to view some of the videos in our resources section.  Share one you like with your child by sending them the web address by email.