The challenge is for students to help their community reach Net Zero. Climate change is the biggest issue future generations face. And it’s widely believed that if we can achieve Net Zero carbon emissions – whereby the amount of carbon we put into the atmosphere is equivalent to the amount we take out – we stand a chance of slowing down its effects.
The Net Zero Challenge is a way for students to understand what it means on a practical level to reach Net Zero. The changes that are required on a national and local scale. And the tough decisions policymakers have to make when choosing what measures to implement – and how.
It’s also an opportunity for students to engage in the issue. To do something practical and take social action within their own community.
You can decide on the extent of the Challenge (e.g. whether they start small with the challenge of making their school or home Net Zero. Or go big and look to what their village, town or city could do to reach the target). And it’s up to you whether they have a deadline to reach Net Zero (e.g. by 2030 or 2050). But how they decide on the route they take to achieve the target is up to them!
Volunteers from a range of industries and organisations can be used to support the challenge
Minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 40 participants.
Flexible from 1 hour to several days or over a longer period of time.
Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects
Learning what the engineering workplace is like
Develop engineering employability skills
Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers
Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering
The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:
The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:
Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.
Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.
Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.
Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.
Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.
Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.
Staying Positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.
Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.
STEM Ambassadors from a wide range of STEM-related jobs to help bring subjects to life.
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