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Climate Science

In December 2010 we opened a new gallery called Atmosphere… exploring climate science. As part of this programme, between 2010 and 2013, our Outreach team worked in partnership with other museums and science centres across the UK to deliver a series of exciting shows and workshops to Year 9 students.

Over the three years of the project, we reached over 3000 students and their teachers in secondary schools in London, York, Manchester, the southwest and northwest of England, engaging with each participating school throughout the academic year.

Students participating in the Science Museum's Climate Science Outreach Project

The project

The Climate Science Outreach Project aimed to enable and equip year 9 students to engage and inspire their peers on the subject of climate change. We achieved this by exploring different forms of science communication.

The project brought many additional benefits including improved team-working skills, improved literacy, increased interest in science and strengthened relationships across departments in schools.

We provided resources and support to help teachers and students complete the project. We also offered events in the schools' local museums and science centres. These included workshops to kick start the project, a special Punk Science show and a celebration event to showcase students’ work.

 Students participating in the Science Museum's Climate Science Outreach Project


Year one

In year one (2010-11), we challenged students to create their own pieces of 'sci-art' to communicate climate change themes. The artworks were incredible and formed a special exhibition that toured our partner museums and which we compiled into a photo book. Download the Climate Art photo book (pdf).

Students participating in the Science Museum's Climate Science Outreach Project with their art work

Year two

In year 2 (2011-12), students took on our science journalism challenge and produced stories for our special edition of ATMOS magazine. They researched climate change in their local communities, conducted interviews and wrote their own articles to an extremely high standard. Download ATMOS (pdf).

Students with their edition of ATMOS magazine

Year three

In the final year of the project (2012-13) we tasked students to focus on live events and face-to-face science communication. They were asked to devise, plan and deliver fun, engaging activities on the subject of climate change. The result was a range of original events - drama performances, flash mobs, science demonstrations, recycling workshops, fashion shows and even a novel sporting event with a climate science twist - which took place in their schools and communities, reaching over 8,900 people. Each event was recorded in photos to create a large photo wall which was displayed in all the partner museums and science centres to celebrate the culmination of the project. Download the photo wall display (pdf).

Students performing their climate science production

Partner organisations

The Science Museum teamed up other museums and science centres to deliver this project:

Student taking photos as part of the Science Museum's Climate Science Outreach Project


  • Principal sponsors Shell and Siemens
  • Major sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch and major funder The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • With additional support from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Patrons of the Science Museum and members of the Founders Circle: Climate Changing programme.
  • With additional support for London schools from The City Bridge Trust.
  • More information

    To find out more about this project please contact learningresources@sciencemuseum.org.uk.