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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.

Recent events have included:

When Worlds Collide - 31 March 2014

Making decisions about managing natural resources can be difficult; this free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) led by Professor Jon Lovett explored why fairness needs to be part of policy.

Frontiers of geography - A workshop for secondary school geography teachers

To see the programme of events click here.

Worldwise Quiz

This is a great event for Year 10 students.

Plans for a more sustainable urban future

Dr Rachael Unsworth, University of Leeds led a walk in Leeds City Centre South. Rachael has been involved in plans to create a more sustainable urban future and showed school staff and students around the new developments in the area.

Smart Cities: Bridging the Physical & Digital

This exhibition which was held in Leeds City Museum was part of the Festival of Social Science. Its aim was to demonstrate how the latest innovations in research and technology are revolutionizing the urban landscape and our experience of it. Through interactive exhibits, developed by the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy(University of Leeds) and the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (University College London), visitors had the opportunity to engage with the latest technologies and see for themselves how cities are becoming ‘smarter’ and more habitable.

The hands-on exhibits included:

  • Pigeon Sim
  • CityDashboard
  • Tweet-o-Meter

For more information take a look here.