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Terrific Scientific!

Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest Centre (LEAF) are teaming up with the BBC, the United Bank of Carbon, and the Woodland Trust for Terrific Scientific, a new campaign to inspire primary children to get excited about science.

Terrific Scientific is a major 18 month UK-wide campaign to bring practical science into the nation’s classrooms and homes.

Instead of lab coats and test tubes, the campaign will urge pupils, teachers and parents across the UK to grab lemons, leaves, tap water and other everyday items to join in with exciting and accessible mass-participation investigations.

As part of Terrific Scientific, children aged 9-11 will be learning about the importance of the trees in and around their school grounds and collecting data to send to scientists here at the University of Leeds.

The children will count, measure and identify their trees using simple techniques and equipment. This data will allow LEAF scientists to work out how trees in UK schools are helping fight climate change, tackle air pollution and reduce flood risk.

During the campaign, teachers will be provided with a range of online resources, and an interactive Terrific Scientific map of the UK, enabling schools to upload their results from each of the scientific investigations and compare with each other.

Primary schools across the UK will be able to take part in any or all of the five investigations that are planned from January to June 2017. Our tree investigation will be taking place in May 2017 – watch this space!

Schools can sign up at: www.bbc.co.uk/terrificscientific to take part.

Contact Cat Scott for more information about the University’s involvement.

Environmental Studies Academy: 9th Jan and 17th July 2015

Teachers and pupils from schools across Yorkshire attended the ES Academy and were treated to inspiring science sessions in the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) laboratories where they learned about soils and invertebrates. See our website for more information.

Bee is for Biodiversity: Spring and Summer 2015

The children loved looking at honey bees in an observation hive
The children loved looking at honey bees in an observation hive

Children from three inner city primary schools came to the School of Earth and Environment in April, May and July to learn about pollinators through games and activities, and see what happens in a honey bee hive by looking at a 'virtual hive'. They also watched live bees working on a comb in an observation hive, which was very popular!

Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Fifteen Geography teachers got back in the learner’s seat for our teachers conference this year. The seminars and workshops were presented by staff from the Sustainability Research Institute. Feedback was enthusiastically positive! The presentations can be downloaded below.

‘Humans and Nature’ Teaching Resources