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Climate Science Outreach: School Students’ Take On Climate Stories

This year students from across the UK have been investigating climate change stories from their local area with the help of the Museum's Climate Science Outreach team.

Post written by José Monteiro (Climate Science Outreach officer)

Bees, bikes, cows, planes and burning poo.  You will be able to read all about these and many other climate science stories in the special edition of the ATMOS magazine. To make it even more exciting, all these stories were written by Year 9 students from all over the UK.

But how did this happen?

In the Climate Science Outreach project we teamed up with other museums and science centres across the UK. We then welcomed students from 51 schools to take on the role of science communicators.

Students enjoying a Punk Science show to gather information

We always like everyone to have fun and get hands-on with science. That’s why at the beginning of each year, our students watch a fun packed Punk Science show to get enough info to get started. Then we challenged them to write a news story about climate change in their local area.  We gave them a little bit of help on what makes a good news story and our designer made the pages look nice and sleek but everything else is of their own making. Our students found exciting stories, interviewed experts, took photos and pieced it all together.

Once we began seeing the really amazing and original work from our students, we got very excited! There are many fascinating stories on all kinds of unexpected subjects and it was impressive to see how engaged young people can be with contemporary science.

You can have a look at the ATMOS magazine and exhibition as we tour with some of our partner museums and science centres on the following dates:

·    National Railway Museum, York: 13-16 June
·    At-Bristol, Bristol: 20-24 June
·    Science Museum, London: 27-30 June
·    Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester: 4-9 July

You can also see the students’ work at the adult-only Science Museum Lates on the 27th of June.

Students practice putting their stories together

If you would like your students to get involved or know more about this project, you can visit our educators’ page. And do come along to see our exhibition and grab yourself a copy of the ATMOS magazine.

Explainer Fact: The ATMOS magazine is over 100 pages long and even includes word puzzles made by students.  José also cycles to work, reducing this carbon footprint.

2 comments on “Climate Science Outreach: School Students’ Take On Climate Stories

  1. hi i was the one who named it the atmos project i was with bedale high school i am going there this friday.

  2. Thank you very much Harry!

    We asked our students to find a nice name for the magazine and Harry suggested ATMOS. Everyone in the museum is very pleased with that name!

    The ATMOS exhibition is in the National Railway Museum in York until Saturday and we’ll be delighted to welcome Harry and all the students from the York area tomorrow.

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