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Tomorrow's climate scientists

Tomorrow’s climate scientists was introduced in 2020 and aims to give students across the UK not just a voice, but an opportunity to take action themselves to address climate and biodiversity issues – to become the climate scientists of tomorrow.

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Partnership Grants

As an extension to the current Partnership Grants funding round, schools will receive grants to carry out research specifically into climate change and biodiversity. These projects will be run in partnership with STEM professionals from industry and academia.

By taking part in these projects students will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop problem solving and data handling skills
  • Demonstrate their creativity
  • Have a voice in the direction of scientific research by working with their STEM partner

The projects are taking place in schools across the country at both primary and secondary levels. Full details about the funded projects will be available soon.

Legacy projects

Previously funded projects in this topic area have received additional funding to extend their work as part of this programme. More information about these projects will be available soon. 

Your Planet, Your Questions

Aimed at children age 5 to 14, why not have a listen to a panel of experts, hosted by Professor Brian Cox, answering children’s questions about the future of our planet. There is a 10 minute introduction and the Q&A is roughly 50 mins long. If you have any feedback from your students do share them with us education@royalsociety.org.

You can watch the session here.

Climate change teacher conference

The STEM Learning Climate Change Conference took place in May for primary and secondary educators. Supported by the Climate Change Educational Partnership, for which the Society is a partner, each day of the conference had a different theme linking to climate change with sessions from leading experts as well as sessions exploring resources and support available to teachers. 

The final session of the conference focussed on the Tomorrow’s climate scientists programme. You can watch the recording of the session here, the session is at the bottom of the page. As well as an introduction to the programme you can hear from six teachers currently running projects. Their projects explore the following questions: 

  • How do trees affect our climate and air quality? Ribblesdale High School
  • What would be the impacts of growing green walls on learning and wellbeing in our school? Earlsdon Primary School
  • What are the factors that affect pollution levels in and around the school grounds? Morgan Academy 
  • Why are earthworms such an important part of our world? St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School
  • What are the effects of current climate mitigation policies on the local environment? Lady Eleanor Holles School
  • What is the influence of soil and weather conditions on plant growth? Kates Hill Community Primary School

To find out more about the Tomorrow’s climate scientists programme and other opportunities for teachers contact the Schools Engagement team via education@royalsociety.org 

The Scottish Daffodil project

Nine schools in Scotland will be undertaking a study into the genetic and trait diversity of daffodils over the 2021-2022 academic year. They will be working with STEM partners from the James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee. With the impacts of climate change becoming increasingly apparent students need to understand the role they play in conserving nature, be it at habitat, species or genetic level. Read more about the project here (PDF)

Resources

There are also free climate based resources available:

#2050challenge

Over a hundred top scientists from more than 20 countries have set out ways to slash the amount of harmful greenhouse gases pumped into the atmosphere by homes, cars, industry and even food production to avert a climate crisis.

To help highlight the range of solutions and ideas that scientists are creating and researching, the Royal Society has launched a campaign, the #2050challenge, for people to share stories of their work, research and actions to help countries of the world tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and achieve ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.  

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