A recent study by Teach the Future found that 7 out of 10 teachers want to teach climate change, but do not have the necessary lessons plans that fit within the curriculum. This alarming stat led the Great Britain SailGP Team, led by Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winner Ben Ainslie, to offer a solution.
Created as part of SailGP’s Race for the Future commitment to champion a world powered by nature, the Great Britain SailGP Team and STEM Crew have launched the first in a series of free education resources designed to educate young people on STEM subjects through the lens of climate change.
This first environmental science STEM Crew resource launched on World Oceans Day 2021 in collaboration with Plymouth-based charity the Ocean Conservation Trust (OCT), ahead of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix taking place in Plymouth on 17-18 July. The resource focusses on ocean acidification and the important role our oceans and plants like seagrass play in tackling climate change by capturing carbon dioxide alongside the world’s rainforests.
To mark the launch of the educational resource, a live lesson was held at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College in Plymouth on World Oceans Day 2021, the first time the brand-new resource will be used in action. Paul Goodison, Olympic gold medallist and interim driver of the Great Britain SailGP Team dialled into the lesson via video to engage in a live Q&A with the Plymouth children.
On the launch of the new resources Ben Cartledge, CEO of the Trust said: “STEM skills are increasingly important as societies look to innovate and tackle the huge existential issues like climate change and as nations strive to realise the UN’s sustainable development goals in a post-COVID world. We are delighted to have partnered with the Ben Ainslie and his Great Britain SailGP Team to produce the first in a series of environmental science resources.”
Download the resource and test your knowledge now for free here.
Alongside these environmental resources, the Great Britain SailGP Team, STEM Crew and the Plymouth City Council are planning a series of STEM inspired events in the week leading up to the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix on 17-18 July in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City. Further details on these activities, and how the public can get involved, will be shared in due course.