Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Royal Meteorological Society request for help re. new curriculum support

From the Royal Meteorological Society
For more information on any of this, contact the Education team at the RMetS
A level geography core content: The RMetS are delighted that, in the new core content for AS and A level geography announced at the end of 2014, many of their recommendations have been included. As a result, some study of weather and climate will now be compulsory at this level.


Secondary Geography Teachers: have you received one of these Climate Change Update booklets with GA's Teaching Geography journal in September? If so, we’d love to know what you thought of it (this will help us decide whether to produce another focussed on A level geography):

- Have you received one?

- Have you looked at it?

- Is it useful?

- What were the most relevant bits?

- What were the least relevant bits?

- Would you like any more?

If you have not received one and would like to, please get in touch. Please send your responses to education@rmets.org.



Secondary Science Teachers – have you received one of these Climate Change Updates booklets with Classroom Physics in December? If so, we’d love to know what you thought of it:

- Have you received one?

- Have you looked at it?

- Is it useful?

- What were the most relevant bits?

- What were the least relevant bits?

- Would you like any more?

If you have not received one and would like to, please get in touch. Please send your responses to education@rmets.org.

Passionate about teaching weather and climate? We are looking for teachers to join our new virtual education committee. We’re still sorting out the details, but it will probably ‘meet’ online twice a year, to discuss one or two key issues concerning the Society’s support for UK teachers. We would love to have enough members to be able to have separate committees for primary and secondary teachers, and for teachers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Please contact education@rmets.org if you are interested in joining.

And finally: Build a weather satellite in Minecraft?

EUMETSAT is launching a Minecraft satellite-building competition for 6-16 year olds this week.

The aim of the competition is to get competitors to build a model of one or more of EUMETSAT’s weather satellites in Minecraft, or to be creative and design their own satellite from scratch. The closing date of the competition is April 30th 2015. The winners of the two categories will each get Lego Mindstorms. There will also be runners-up prizes of Raspberry Pi starter kits. More information about the competition is available at: http://l-zone.info/minecraft-competition-2015/

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