Project information

Discover Earth - let the earth be your classroom

Discover Earth reconnects children with nature and science.
We visit a school and use outdoor projects to make environmental science fun and inclusive, giving teachers the skills to take lessons outside. Our interactive science is compatible with the curriculum, and tackling environmental issues.

September 2018 - July 2019

Charity information: Earthwatch

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  • Need

    Need

    In a survey of 1,000 people we discovered that people believe that modern lifestyles mean that the younger generation often have little connection to nature.
    Over half of British parents say their children are spending less than one hour outside a day, despite 82% believing it important that they do so.
    8/10 parents believe it important for their child to spend time outside and over a third said their children’s well-being and education would benefit from more learning outside the classroom.

    Solution

    Nature is good for children and children can be good for nature if they learn to love and protect it.
    Discover Earth is a full school day of sessions and interactive outdoor science sessions, empowering students to help tackle global issues.
    Our interactive science is compatible with the curriculum, and we provide ongoing support and resources for teachers giving them the skills to take more lessons outside.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increasing awareness and confidence of teachers using the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


    Activities

    » We host an all-school interactive assembly to introduce the SDGs.
    » We will hold ten roadshows in the 2018-19 school year, reaching 1,000 children.

    What success will look like

    Discover Earth teachers and students will report an increased awareness and confidence in understanding and applying the SDGs.


    Aim 2

    Increasing awareness, knowledge and confidence of teachers in taking learning outside.


    Activities

    » We distribute future lesson plans, learning materials and Citizen Science Kits.
    » A full school day of hands-on citizen science sessions delivered by Earthwatch facilitators.

    What success will look like

    Discover Earth teachers and students will report taking more lessons in the outdoors.


    Aim 3

    Increasing awareness, knowledge and confidence in undertaking Citizen Science at school.


    Activities

    » All participating teachers receive a pack containing all materials they need to continue to deliver citizen science activities outside.
    » Using Earthwatch’s current portfolio of citizen science projects, the data collected by teachers and students contributes to real scientific study.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the continued growth of schools participating in citizen science projects and taking action in their local area to improve habitats and ecosystems.


    Aim 4

    Inspiring teachers and students to connect with nature, value it and take action to protect it


    Activities

    » We host an all-school interactive assembly to introduce the SDGs.
    » We will hold ten roadshows in the 2018-19 school year, reaching up to 1,000 children.
    » We distribute future lesson plans, learning materials and Citizen Science Kits.

    What success will look like

    We regularly survey our teacher alumni, to gather data on actions taken at school and home.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Long term success includes:
    - Reversing he decline in the study of STEM subjects (particularly noticeable in state schools) which can have an adverse effect upon the careers of young people.
    - Reversing the growing disconnect between people and nature with implications around worsening physical and mental health statistics.
    - Reversing the decline in the state of urban wildlife.

    Risk

    We have a training and background checking process for all our staff involved in delivering our education programme in schools in order to safeguard young and vulnerable people.

    Reporting

    Donors to this project may receive an annual email report on the project detailing the progress and best stories from our participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,390 Staff time Preparation, delivery and follow up support 7 days
      £2,400 Science kits FreshWater Watch, Earthworm watch and the Teabag Index for students
      £300 Lesson plans USB sticks and printed materials
      £4,550 Subsistence Travel, accomodation etc for staff delivering the project
      £4,910 IT IT and communications support for citizen science websites
      £450 Contingency Contingency

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust £2,187 Guaranteed
    Joseph Strong Frazer Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Waterloo Foundation £15,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Discover Earth can take place in any primary school in the UK.

    Beneficiaries

    Our beneficiaries include teachers, youth leaders, and of course school age children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 1970 we have supported scientific research worldwide by enabling teachers, young scientists, and students to get involved in ‘citizen science’, and they have collectively contributed an estimated one million hours to science around the world.
    Our school projects are designed to work as stand-alone training, but are also suitable for teachers to join our teacher-only local training days, and intensive training weekends in outdoor learning and scientific enquiry.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Sarah Staunton Lamb

    Our Senior Learning & Engagement Manager and Facilitator with over 25 years’ experience of working in the environmental and education sectors.

    Anthony Roach

    Anthony is an educator and naturalist with 10 years’ experience of delivering public engagement activities in museums and community spaces.

    Paul Scott

    Prior to working at Earthwatch, Paul was a secondary school science teacher working in inner-city London and rural New Zealand.

    Megan Evans

    Megan has a background in environmental management and has worked on marine research and conservation projects across the world.

See Discover Earth in action

£2500

will pay for a Discover Earth day at a primary school, including preparation and ongoing support.