Clive joined EDF Energy and the British Science Association at an event in the House of Commons on Tuesday 11 March to promote the launch of a new initiative, The Great EDF Energy Experiment, to inspire children in Eltham into science.
The Great EDF Energy Experiment is a new five-year initiative launched in partnership with the British Science Association, aimed at inspiring a new generation of science enthusiasts. It builds on EDF Energy’s long-standing commitment to education and aims to inspire children to think differently about science subjects by giving them a chance to take part in a national scientific experiment. EDF Energy is thrilled to be working with the British Science Association, which has a successful history in positively promoting the benefits of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects to young people, and brings a great deal of insight and experience to the project.
The five-year programme aims to work with over 100,000 children, their parents and teachers to participate in a series of live, breakthrough mass participation experiments that address real scientific questions.
Clive explained: “Engaging young children with science subjects is critically important. But it’s not easy. I was delighted to learn about The Great EDF Energy Experiment – and encourage schools in Eltham to sign up to the programme”
The programme will use a large number of researchers, each collecting a sample of data. The hope is that by encouraging a little effort from a large number of individuals, data can be collected quickly and efficiently to help answer scientific questions. By taking part in mass participation experiments that address real scientific questions, pupils, parents and teachers will be encouraged to engage with science in a new way.
The first experiment in this five year initiative – The Big Bumblebee Discovery – will launch in Spring 2014. It will be led by ecologists Dr Helen Roy and Dr Michael Pocock from the Centre for Hydrology & Ecology. It will seek to ‘recruit’ thousands of children and parents to act as scientific researchers this summer. They will be asked to count the number of bumblebees they spot in their garden, school playground or local park. The results will be used by researchers from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to map bumblebee numbers across Britain and what impact changing population numbers have on crop pollination. The experiment will help us answer real questions around climate and environmental change.
Schools in Eltham can sign up to take part in the experiment by logging on to www.beediscovery.org.