The Royal Society – Tomorrow’s Climate Scientists
Welcome to the page dedicated to our School’s Royal Society Project, a project that aims to give children across the UK not just a voice, but an opportunity to take action themselves to address climate and biodiversity issues – to become the climate scientists of tomorrow.
Across the ages, our pupils will be participating in an inter-disciplinary experiment that will investigate our project’s question:
‘How is crop productivity influenced by Nitrogen Dioxide pollution from cars and natural climate variables in and around our school?’
Please enjoy a short presentation about our longstanding links to the Royal Society and this year’s project:
- Pupils will map the school grounds and mark multiple ‘control variable’ sites for placing diffusion tubes to measure Nitrogen Dioxide in the air. A more rural off school ‘control’ site will be identified. Tubes purchased from an accredited laboratory (Gradko International Ltd) will be placed for a period of up to 4 weeks before being returned to the lab for analysing.
- Pupils will survey cars driving into school on at least three different days, collecting data on vehicle fuel types and idling times.
- Pupils will identify 4 or 5 sites in our school grounds for growing groups of plants (such as beans or radishes). The same group will also be planted at the more rural ‘control’ site out of school (and hopefully a local school situated on a busy city junction).
- Pupils will tend to plants as they grow, collecting data including: temperature, humidity, light, soil quality, rainfall, growth, insect life and mass of any crops at each site.
- Using gathered data, pupils will compare outcomes from each site, look for patterns and draw conclusions in an attempt to answer our climate research question.
Our STEM partners:
We are delighted to introduce our two STEM partners, Dr Teresa Penfield and Dr Leo Alexandre, who will be guiding and advising our children as the project progresses:
We are also delighted to be collaborating with The Wherry School on this project and look forward to working together closely in the coming months.
We will be plotting the progress of the project on this page and uploading images, analysis and short films to document our experiment and our findings. We hope you enjoy following our Royal society journey!
Our project begins….
Year 1 made their own rain gauges and positioned them around the School. In this short clip, two children explain what a rain gauge is and what they measure: