Project information

Climate Change and Polar Regions Workshop

Class Zero Emission is an interactive mobile workshop for schools which teaches pupils about

• climate change, its impacts and the science behind it
• scientific research
• the breathtaking world of the Arctic and Antarctica

and inspires pupils to live more sustainably at school and at home

September 2015 - July 2016

Charity information

International Polar Foundation UK

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  • Need


    Confusion and lack of knowledge about:
    1. Climate change and the effects it may have around the world.
    2. The Arctic and Antarctica; their importance for scientific research and for regulating global climate.
    3. Doing science experiments and how much fun it can be!
    4. Climate change mitigation.


    Using an innovative and exciting mobile workshop which will visit Science Centres, schools, community groups and festivals.

    The workshop will allow pupils to learn about the polar regions and then undertake polar science experiments and will inspire them to take action themselves to live more sustainably.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Teach pupils about Polar Regions


    » Teaser film to introduce the workshop and give the pupils a feel for the extremes of the Arctic and Antarctic and the science which is done there
    » Interactive polar puzzles will allow the pupils to learn about the Arctic and Antarctica in an interactive way
    » Pupils will have the chance to try on polar clothing to get the feel for what it might be like to be a polar scientist

    Success will be...reaching at least 10,000 people including school pupils and the wider public. 8,000 people were reached during year 1 of the project.

    Aim 2

    Learn about climate change


    » Pupils will be given lab coats and ID tags for their science mission and will carry out fun experiments relating to climate change.

    Success will be ...good feedback from teachers and science venues regarding the experiment part of the workshop
    See feedback received so far

    Aim 3

    Encourage interest in science


    » Science experiments on climate change: sea level rise, albedo, ocean acidification, ocean circulation and paleaoclimatology

    Success will be .. good feedback as above

    Aim 4

    Look at how they can make their own lifestyles more sustainable


    » A scale model of the IPF "zero emission" research station is used to demonstrate what can be achieved and to start a discussion on sustainability
    » Use of powerpoint quiz on sustainability to look at different aspects of everyday life and how these affect our planet
    » Write a list of "pledges" - what actions the group will take to live their lives more sustainably

    Success will be - seeing the results of the pledges which various classes have made to improve sustainabiltiy

  • Impact


    - Increase understanding about climate change
    - Encourage pupils to study science at school and boyond
    - Increase knowledge about the world outside the classroom
    - Inspire pupils to take action to protect the planet

    Success will be measured using feedback forms.


    There is a risk that there would be high demand for the workshop during particular periods of the year and lower uptake at others.

    This will be addressed through good communication with Science Centres, schools and other participating organistions and through careful timetabling.


    Funders will receive details of events and changes in the project plans. This will also be documented on the project web page.

    6-monthly progress reports will record number and location of visits and a summary of feedback received. A final report will be produced after project completion

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 CZE workshop new primary activity for younger pupils
      £2,500 CZE workshop transport of workshop
      £2,500 CZE workshop cost of facilitators
      £2,000 CZE workshop travel and subsistance for facilitators
      £1,500 CZE workshop overheads and admin/publicity
  • Background


    Science Centres, schools, museums, libraries, festivals and conferences. throughout the UK


    Thousands of people could benefit from taking part in the workshop and this will benefit pupils, teachers, schools, families and the wider community.

    The workshop will also benefit wider society by raising awareness of one of the most serious issues that we face today.

    Climate change is already having an impact and will have a major effect on society over the coming decades and millenia

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The International Polar Foundation has delivered a number of educational projects for schools (see, and has also built a zero emission research station in Antarctica ( has produced science exhibitions and organises international symposia (see

    This project has been running successfully for over a year and has had excellent feedback (see

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Liz Pasteur

    Project Director Planning, coordination and delivery of project.

    Helen Turton

    Facilitator for workshops - will take workshops into schools and coordinate. Trained teacher and has been to both Polar Regions.

    Nathalie Van Isacker

    Scientific Officer, IPF - development, coordination, advice and support

Learning about Antarctica

Learning about Antarctica