Climate change digital education resource launched by Sir Ben Ainslie’s Great Britain SailGP Team


Created as part of the SailGP’s ‘Race For The Future’ commitment, the resources will be available for free on STEM Crew.

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.

1851 Trust announces new Global Partnership with The STA Group

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with The STA Group.

The STA Group announces a new Global Partnership with the 1851 Trust to promote its core education programme, STEM Crew. The 3-year partnership was announced at the 2021 Sport Technology Awards.  

The STA Group is a communications and events business which champions technology in sports globally, most notably through its annual Sports Technology Awards. It was at this ceremony that the partnership was unveiled in front of 800 sports industry leaders. 

The partnership will see the 1851 Trust become The STA Group’s Global Charity Partner. A crucial part of the relationship will be a series of jointly hosted initiatives through STEM Crew that aim to inspire the wider sports industry to support the Trust in its work with school children. 

Rebecca Hopkins, CEO of The STA Group said: “The STA Group’s work is driven by championing tech-led excellence in sport – and part of this has to be inspiring the next generation to think about sport as a career. By working with the 1851 Trust, the sports industry can show children that a rewarding career in an exciting, international world is open to them. We’ll know we’ve succeeded when today’s students are tomorrow’s colleagues.”  

1851 Trust patron Sir Ben Ainslie said: “This partnership with The STA Group, who like us are driven by emphasising the importance of technology in sport, will continue to amplify STEM Crew’s platform and open new doors as we seek to level the global education playing field and invest and unite for a sustainable future. Innovation thrives through collaborations like these.” 

The first 1851 Trust and STA Group insight event will be taking place this summer, to register interest please email megan.cliff@1851trust.org.uk