Helping young people engineer
a better future for us all

Helping young people engineer
a better future for us all

STATWARS® Climate Change Challenge

When we collect, analyse and contextualise data and information, we gain insight, understanding and the ability to make a difference.

The STATWARS® Climate Change Challenge vision is to empower and educate pupils to tackle climate change, by providing a project that delivers meaningful and engaging mathematics, numeracy and data literacy to pupils!

We believe the data we collect can inform meaningful research and decision making, with its careful application revolutionising our understanding of how to manage the Climate Change Challenge ahead of us! We need young people to be a part of that journey…

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What is the STATWARS® Climate Change Challenge work?

The Climate Change Challenge asks pupils to capture their own data on their own carbon footprint, and link these to existing datasets on CO2 production to identify 3 changes they can personally commit to in their daily lives that will lower their individual carbon footprints. Pupils work in small teams, developing and using their data skills to communicate their commitment to these changes, in the form of a manifesto. The lesson plans are designed for a teaching time of 15 hours.

How Does it work?

  • Teacher access resources through the STATWARS website once they have registeredon the STATWARS website: statwarscompetition.com/resource-area/climate-change-resources
    • Lesson Plans
    • Lesson Presentations
    • Carbon Footprint Audit Worksheets
    • Carbon Footprint Calculator
    • Videos via the STATWARS YouTube playlist
  • Through each lesson, pupils will learn about climate change, record their own activities contributing to CO2production and analyse their data in groups. Each group uses their data to decide on their Manifesto Pledge, three things then cam commit to changing in order to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • At the end of the programme, pupils will have created the following:
    • A data driven infographic poster with key information for how they came to their decisions through analysis of their data.
    • A campaign poster demonstrating the 3 pledges in their manifesto.
    • A short statement (250 words primary, 500 words secondary) highlighting their actions on the back of their own research.
    • A recorded presentation to their class, based on their short statement.
    • A letter to a local MP, highlighting the key issues they have researched, aiming to persuade them to help join the fight against climate change.
  • Teachers will submit the best group from their class through our website for judging, with the potential to win awards. We are hoping to hold finale awards events, but this depends on the number of entries received. Planning and dates are to be confirmed.

The beauty of this project is pupils are given the task of enacting legitimate change to their own actions, whilst encouraging the wider community with a data driven argument to follow their lead!

The competition’s structure encourages pupils to apply mathematics not just creatively, but logically, to research, collect, analyse and present data, whilst drawing on their own personal experiences to support their climate change manifesto. The nature of the project encourages and develops metaskills related to teamwork, leadership, curiosity, empathy, critical thinking and resilience, as teams are asked to consider indeterminate problems and develop data driven hypothesis. Teachers are provided with whole-class differentiated resources, such as lesson plans and curriculum links to support delivery of this 8 lesson project.

Submitted entries receive a certificate of completion.

Get involved and help young people make a difference to the world we live in!

STATWARS® is an annual competition that has been developed by Primary Engineer Programmes.

If your organisation is interested in empowering and educating young people in developing their data skills through engagement with your data specialists and industry professionals, then get in touch to find out how you can get involved.