Over 200 secondary school pupils have taken part in four Met Office Science Camps this year.
The overnight camps, held at Met Office HQ in Exeter, provided a unique opportunity for 11-13 year old to join in a selection of hands-on activities led by Met Office staff. The activities covered a wide range of topics and helped explain how we measure and forecast the weather and climate.
Twelve schools and three scouts/guide groups took part in the events and Director of Science at the Met Office, Andy Brown said: “As well as being fun, Met Office Science Camps engage, challenge and enthuse students, encouraging them to develop scientific skills and hopefully inspire the scientists of the future.”
As one of the UK’s top science and engineering organisations, the Met Office is continually looking at ways to engage people, young and old, in the fascinating worlds of weather and climate science.
The Met Office Science Camps are part of the Met Office STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s) Outreach programme which aims to improve understanding of how weather and climate are measured and forecast. The programme has been awarded the European Meteorological Society Outreach and Communication Award in recognition of our outstanding efforts to engage young people.
Over the last decade or so, predicting the weather and climate has become one of the most important areas of scientific research. Work at the Met Office is incredibly varied, and this is reflected in the variety of career opportunities available, including everything from Science and Forecasting to Engineering and Business Development.
You can hear from a whole range of different people who are employed at the Met Office, from IT specialists to Climate Change scientists, in a series of podcasts.
How to Register
If your school or organisation would like to be added to our mailing list for the 2016 Met Office Science Camps, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the school (or organisation) that you are emailing on behalf of. We take group bookings from schools or other organisations, rather than individual campers. If you are a parent or student looking to get involved then please get in touch with a teacher at your school and ask them to contact us.
If you have any queries, please email us: email@example.com.