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Climate Smarter is an exciting topical project for P5-S2 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 the future. The project takes them on a journey of investigation and experimentation to look at how we can tackle the climate emergency.
The ‘Climate Smarter’ project challenges schools to design and model a sustainable smart eco school of the future. Schools are provided with a STEM resource kit to take part in over 20 hands-on activities as part of the project, exploring topics such as renewable energy sources, water usage, sustainable timber, programming and coding. As well as providing a free kit to schools, the programme also delivers high-quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) teacher training to enhance their confidence and update their subject knowledge.
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 then be asked to showcase these models at one of our celebration of STEM events.
Fife, Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian, and Scottish Borders (Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region)
Following the successful roll-out of kits last year. HCI is again funding the ‘Climate Smarter’ project to schools in Fife, Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. This year kits are available to two classes in up to 8 schools in each region. This project is supported by the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal.
Highlands / Moray **FULLY ALLOCATED**
With continued support from Crown Estate Scotland, Confor, and The Scottish Forestry we have a further 30 kits available to schools in the Highlands and Moray this year.
North Lanarkshire – **FULLY ALLOCATED**
With support this year from ScottishPower we have we have up to 5 Climate Smarter kits available to schools in North Lanarkshire.
Thanks to funding from TotalEnergies this year, we have up to 10 Climate Smarter kits available to Shetland schools.
Northeast (Aberdeen City / Aberdeenshire) – **FULLY ALLOCATED**
Thanks to funding from Shell UK Ltd this year, we have up to 20 Climate Smarter kits available to Aberdeen City & Shire schools.
Last year, we successfully revitalized and redesigned the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, aided by the support of Shell U.K. Limited and in-kind contributions from the Acorn Project. Originally launched in 2014/15, this project has regained national prominence due to the increasing emphasis on carbon capture technologies. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is an exciting topical project for P5-S2 pupils. Pupils will investigate various aspects of carbon dioxide, including its origins, capture, transportation, storage, and monitoring. Moreover, they will construct a carbon dioxide storage facility, while also scrutinizing the broader role that CCS plays in the global energy landscape.
The experiments and activities can be conducted either as standalone sessions within an extracurricular club spanning multiple weeks or integrated into other lessons to form a comprehensive program for an entire class.
Fife, Northeast (Aberdeen City / Aberdeenshire)
Building upon the successful roll-out of the project last year, Shell U.K. Limited is again funding the Carbon Capture and Storage project with 40 kits available to schools in Fife and Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
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It was such a great experience for the children, and they were proud to show off their hard work. The STEM activities were so much fun too. From the initial 'Climate Smarter' CPD through to the showcase event yesterday, it has personally been the most enjoyable project that I have been involved in. It was so well organised/resourced throughout, and I felt yesterday ran so well with a great mix of experiences. Thank you! Carol-Anne Crawford , Teacher, Lumphinnans Primary School