The UKPN encourages members to visit their local schools and share the importance of Polar Science with young people in all age groups. UKPN members have set up independent visits to local schools, have returned to their previous schools, and have also been active participants in their current universities’ schools outreach programs. The UKPN aims to have school visits tailored to fit the expertise of the scientist and the requirements of the host school; ranging from short assemblies, to full lessons and interactive workshops.
No matter what the format, getting involved in outreach is always extremely rewarding. To give an example, you can read about UKPN member Jennifer King‘s visit to the Silverhill Primary School in Derby here.
We also have strong connections with the International Polar Foundation, a fabulous source of outreach materials for all ages; and some of our members have been trained to work with their educational materials, for example the Class Zero Emissions workshop.
For our members:
Visiting a school does not have to be daunting. As something different from the norm you will have rock-star status in the class room, and as the only Polar Scientist most kids will have met, you are automatically super-interesting! We have for this purpose compiled a list of resources to help you best prepare for your upcoming school trip. if you cant find the relevant information on the webpage, just drop us a line, someone will always be happy to help out! We may also be able to help you source a kit-bag of cold weather kit to bring in and show the classroom.
Once your visit is complete, please let us know how it went and provide feedback using the forms provided below; we at UKPN would like to know when our members are active in outreach & education.
If you are a school looking for a local polar scientist to come in and lead an assembly or workshop, please contact our Education and Outreach Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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