Pupils at Bicester School work to fight climate change

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Pupils from Bicester School worked on a project to make the city more sustainable.

In a project planned by teachers, engineers and environmental consultants as a way to integrate climate change education into a variety of subjects, grade 10 students were presented with realistic projections of climate change and possible solutions by the multinational engineering and environmental company Stantec.

The project asked students to research how their region is responding to the climate challenge and develop their preferred solution to combat climate change that would benefit the local community.

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One of the judges, James McAllister-Jones, Planning Manager – East and West, Thakeham Property Group, said: ‘It was really great to hear from all the groups about how we can tackle change climate at the local level. I think all the groups have done a great job of identifying potential solutions.”

Grade 10 student Oliver Horwood said, “We often feel like the problem is too big and too far away, but this project has taught me how we can make a difference. »

Stantec representatives worked with the students to plan local solutions to the global problem in a project that engaged young people in a variety of fields.

Geography lessons included a background lecture on climate change, insights from industry experts, and students carried out field surveys at four sites in Bicester

Math lessons were used to process data and create graphs and tables.

And the English lessons were where the students planned and presented their solutions.

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On May 27, each team pitched their ideas to a panel of judges from Stantec and Thakeham.

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Students were asked to demonstrate their understanding of climate change, explain how their team had worked together and discuss the idea they had chosen to deliver a more sustainable future for Bicester.

The winning team was chosen based on their presentation and teamwork skills, the quality and innovation of the idea, and the completeness of the answers to the questions posed.

The solutions proposed by the students were solar panels on all new housing; wind turbines along all railways and highways; rechargeable electric scooters in urban areas with charging stations in housing estates; and more green space and green roads around Bicester for bikes, scooters and walkers.

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The winning team clearly showed how their idea could work and how it would meet a range of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team over 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

Contact him by email: [email protected]

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