The US Embassy in Paris, Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations and Smithsonian Science Education Center have developed a unique program, France in Focus, that invites students and educators to connect across the globe and focus on issues of sustainability. In the first two years of this program, nearly 2000 students and their educators from the U.S., France, and Overseas France participated. The France in Focus project leverages community research guides from the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project, and engages students in virtual exchange, both synchronously and asynchronously.
We are now accepting applications for the 2024 program in which students will engage with engage Sustainable Communities! How will we help our community thrive?
- Students engage in activities from the Sustainable Communities! guide to explore their role in sustainability in their own communities.
- Students engage with peers internationally to understand global-local interconnection and share knowledge about their experiences and their communities’ solutions.
- Students converse with international experts in the field.
- Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to move toward a capstone project, focused on issues of sustailability in their own community.
Please see the FAQ below. If you have additional questions about the program, please reach out to Katherine Pedersen Blanchard at BlanchardKP@si.edu.