• Educational Eco Science – get involved
    British Science Week March 8-17 (Credit: British Science Association)

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Educational Eco Science – get involved

Jan 31 2024

Marking the 30th anniversary of British Science Week, (March 8-17), the British Science Association is providing free activity packs full of ideas to celebrate eco-science at home, in nurseries, schools and community group settings. The theme of this year’s packs is ‘Time’.

With time and taking action on the climate crisis tightly linked, the environment - and steps we can take to protect it - is a sub-theme that runs through all four packs, covering Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Community groups, aimed at encouraging children and young people to think about how the environment is related to their everyday lives.

The Early Years Pack, created in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust, is focused on the environment and how it changes over the seasons, with its ‘Let’s explore the outdoors’ theme.

The Primary pack looks at protecting the environment and providing sustainable food supplies through ‘Design a farm of the future’, created in partnership with NFU Education. The pack also includes ‘Making biodegradable plastic’, created in partnership with the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration.

The Secondary pack introduces the possibilities behind choosing a STEM career. Created in partnership with WWF, this involves students making a rain-catcher, monitoring and recording the results over extended periods of time and analysing weather patterns, helping to predicate climate change and natural disasters – a role that will be crucial as the need to combat the climate crisis intensifies.

The ‘Sustainable transport futures design challenge’, created in partnership with the University of the West of England and UKRI, in both the Secondary and Community packs, will also give students a chance to behave like a scientist, collecting real data that could empower and inspire them to pursue a future role in climate science.

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