Great Science Share Clean Air Challenge

Thu, 18 Nov 2021 14:20:00 GMT

Opportunity for Early Career Researchers & Academics to get involved in primary school outreach in Greater Manchester.

Based in The University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, our Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH) positively influences the experience and learning outcomes of teachers and young people in science and engineering. They work in partnership with STEM educators, businesses and cultural organisations, providing innovative, research-led teaching and learning practice.

Out of SEERIH, the Great Science Share for Schools (GSSfS) annual campaign was born in 2016. GSSfS has expanded from its roots in Manchester to incorporate schools from right across the UK, last year involving 211,000 young people across 13 countries. The aim of the yearly event is to encourage students to ask, investigate and share their scientific questions and to take an active role in science and engineering-related activities.

Last week saw the launch of the Great Science Share Clean Air Challenge - a new project developed by SEERIH and The Royal Society that will involve 25 Greater Manchester schools and research scientists and engineers in engaging over 4,000 primary school pupils in meaningful science enquiry.

The launch was a roaring success!

“Thank you everyone for such a memorable experience that the children will never forget". Steve Marsland, Head Teacher Russell Scott Primary School, Tameside

SEERIH are now looking to recruit 25 PhD, Postdocs and Early Career research academics to support the schools. Watch this short explanation by project director, Dr Lynne Bianchi

What’s involved?

Link with one primary school (ages 7-11 years). The connections are ready and waiting for you!

Minimum: 1 engagement in academic year of 2021-22 and 3 engagements in 2022-23
The only specialism you need is an interest to connect with young people to support them through an investigation – asking questions, collecting data, interpreting findings etc. If your research has a focus on Climate Change then that’s great, but this isn’t a requirement.