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Net Zero Challenge

A project-based activity for students to help their community reach Net Zero.

Net Zero Challenge

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 help reach Net Zero, the changes that are required on a national and local level, 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 with the issue, 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.

To follow on from the Net Zero Challenge, students can take part in the Net Zero Quiz which reinforces learning on the impact of climate change and what lifestyle changes we need to make to help Britain achieve Net Zero. The quiz includes multiple choice questions and careers fact-files on two young people working at Hinkley Point C. You can find the quiz by clicking through to the EDF website.


Minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 40 participants.


Flexible from 1 hour to several days or over a longer period of time.

Learning outcomes

  • 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

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Energy and environment
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

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

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:

  • 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.

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