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Climate Smarter

Climate Smarter is YESC’s latest topical STEM project in partnership with Vattenfall and Wood.

Climate Smarter

Climate Smarter gives primary and secondary school students the resources to investigate how energy is produced, used, and how this is affecting the world around us. The kit of resources provided allows pupils to run hands-on experiments in class, culminating in the schools designing and building a model of their future smart eco-school.

This project also incorporates significant digital elements, making use of the BBC micro:bit as a sensor and smart controller.


Minimum of 1 participant, maximum of 33 participants.


Elements of this project can be delivered as standalone 30 to 60-minute sessions. This project as a whole could take approx 8 x 1-hour sessions, or form part of a much larger whole class project. It culminates in a 1-day showcase.


There are a limited number of kits funded by Wood and Vattenfall.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • 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

Subjects and topics

    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Design/Art/Fashion
    • Electronics/Robotics/Programming
    • Energy/Environment
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes

Gatsby benchmarks

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:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces

Essential skills

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:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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Knots to Watts

A challenge to build a floating wind turbine!

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • In-school
  • 1 competition day + project work
  • Cost may apply

Careers resources