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The Butterfly Effect, by Jacobs

The Butterfly Effect is a program designed to create lasting behavior change and habit formation by providing primary school students with the knowledge and understanding they need to put sustainability at the heart of every decision they make as the consumers of the future.

The Butterfly Effect, by Jacobs

By investing in future generations at an early age, we accelerate transformation. The Butterfly Effect by Jacobs will inspire primary school aged students to do things better by sharing the most up-to-date science around climate change, helping them understand the impacts of actions they make,both positive and negative.

Using this “little and often” approach, the online programme covers all areas of the curriculum and is intended to be delivered in-school over the course of 8 weeks. The easy to follow, themed and fully digital activities encourage fun learning and teachers can tailor activities to suit different pupil needs, with the support of a mentor. Each activity has clearly defined learning objectives and outcomes.


Minimum of 1 participant, maximum of 100 participants.



Dates and location

Online experience to be delivered by teachers in the classroom. Mentor input in person or by video link.

Launched in October 2021, this experience can be started at any stage in the school year and adapted to enhance each school's curriculum.


8 week course. Activities are short and there is only one set activity per week, lasting between 15 minutes and 1 hour.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress 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
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Design, art and fashion
    • General engineering
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Transport

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.

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

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