Wrapping up KATS: EFECTS

On December 9th, we wrapped up the KATS: EFECTS (Empowering Future Environmental Changemakers through Science) project at the Great North Museum: Hancock, where students from 3 Primary Schools across Newcastle, joined together for a day full of fun activities around marine biodiversity and climate change.

Over a month, we worked with Chillingham Road Primary, Benton Park Primary and West Jesmond Primary to learn all about SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 14 (Life below Water). Students experienced how climate change was affecting people all over the world, became climate news reporters on the KATS Global Network, became weather experts by collecting citizen science data in their school grounds and finally, and participated in fun STEM experiments all about pollution.

Students also became climate debaters and storytellers by visiting Seven Stories and participating in some fun activities all about COP26. All the schools then joined together to reflect on what they had learnt and participating in some fun STEM activities, like building their own boats from recycled plastics with FlipFlopi, created bracelets from discarded rope on our local beaches with North Sea Rejects and finally went on a scavenger hunt around the GNM!

Stay tuned for Tyneside Cinema’s film documenting all the adventures we had in KATS: EFECTS. We can’t wait to continue to deliver KATS to more schools across the north east!

KATS Schools Report Live

NEWS JUST IN….Climate change is harming biodiversity, people and our planet. We must do something about it!

As part of the KATS: EFECTS sessions, students in three participating schools became news reporters – telling kids all around the world about the impact of climate change on their school marine mascot (polar bear, sea turtle or penguin). They had great fun becoming news anchors, directors, scientists and the marine mascot themselves.

This activity was critical in building connections between climate superheroes and changemakers all over the world, so stay tuned for updates.