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Code vs Climate

Could your pupils re-imagine a household device or system to save energy, save money and help tackle climate change and programme a micro:bit to design a solution?

YESC has partnered this year with Digital Xtra and the University of Edinburgh to continue to offer this popular challenge to schools.  This exciting project was designed to get pupils creating and designing with technology, rather than just consuming it.  They are challenged to investigate energy use in the school or at home and by using the micro:bit computer they adapt their knowledge to develop a programme that can be incorporated into an energy-saving application or device.

Click here for the Code vs Climate Competition brief

Climate Smarter is an exciting topical project for second and third level pupils. This project is designed to enthuse and inspire pupils to think creatively to come up with solutions to the biggest global problems to face them, now, and in their future. The project takes them on a journey of investigation and experimentation to look at how we can tackle the climate emergency.

The experiments and activities can be delivered as one-off sessions in an extra-curricular club over several weeks or alongside other lessons as a full programme with a full class.  The kit of resources provided allows pupils to run hands-on experiments in class, culminating in the schools designing and building a model of their future school, incorporating all their research into energy efficiency, smart controls, electricity generation, responsible water and sustainable building material use. This project also incorporates significant digital elements, making use of the BBC micro:bit as a sensor and smart controller.The programme culminates in the pupils designing and building models of their future school, incorporating all their research into energy efficiency, smart controls, electricity generation, responsible water and sustainable building material use. We are also asking schools to build a model floating wind turbine as part of the challenge.

They will showcase these models at one of our celebration of STEM events

Thanks to support from partners Crown Estate Scotland, Confor, The Scottish Forestry Trust and Shell we are delighted to be able to offer Climate Smarter to 30 schools in the Highlands and Islands and 21 schools in Fife

Please click here and read the teacher intro carefully and decide if this project is suitable for your class.

 

Blueprint 2030 – Future Voice

Our Blueprint 2030 document contains 12 big ideas about how Scotland can be a better place in 2030. We want YOUR help in making these ideas even better.

Primary 7 pupils
What do you hope Scotland might have invented in 10 years’ time?
What kind of place to live do you think Scotland should strive to be?
What should school and learning be like in the future?
What do you hope will be better in the future?

Secondary pupils
Which 3 of the 12 asks should be the priority and why?
What do you think those in charge should be doing now to make these happen?
What role should businesses and the rest of us play?
How would you like your or the lives of others in Scotland to change in 10 years’ time?
What are the three words that you would like to be associated with Scotland?

Pupils are tasked to think about the above questions either individually or in groups and discuss their ideas. We would then ask them to make a short video informing us of their suggestions to make Scotland a better place in 2030.

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