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New free resources for sustainable education


1 November 2010

Teachers will have extra resources to educate their pupils about sustainable living and the challenges of climate change, thanks to the latest additions to an innovative educational website.

3M Worldlywise, which is designed to support the teaching of sustainable living to 11-16 year olds, now boasts a new geography section in addition to the existing maths and science areas. There is also a new section for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassadors – working people who volunteer their time to help school pupils look at these subjects and careers from a fresh perspective.

The interactive geography section covers a wide range of topics including farming, forestry, power stations, recycling, pollution and renewable energy, whilst the STEM section takes ambassadors straight to a suite of resources that have been designed specifically for classroom activities.

John Klee, corporate communications manager for 3M, said: “These new sections will not only help sustainable living to be taught as part of the geography curriculum but also provide STEM Ambassadors with some great off-the-shelf resources, helping to minimise the preparation time needed to deliver engaging activities to pupils.”

3M Worldlywise was launched in November 2009 to support the teaching of STEM subjects and encourage more students to study them beyond GCSEs and, ultimately, on to university. To date it has attracted 40,000 visits, and 1,000 teachers have registered to access more than 60 free classroom worksheets available on the site. These have been downloaded more than 25,000 times.

The website can be found at www.3MWorldlywise.co.uk.

3M Worldlywise

  • The website forms part of 3M’s community programme in the UK and complements the existing 3M Streetwise teaching resource (www.3Mstreetwise.co.uk), which helps 7-11 year-old pupils to understand the scientific principles behind road safety rules
  • Between 1997 and 2007 there was a decline by 15 per cent in the number of students graduating in technology and engineering subjects (CBI Skills Survey, 2008)
  • The CBI predicts that by 2014 the UK will need an extra 730,000 people with STEM qualifications compared to 2007 (CBI Skills Survey, 2008)

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 New education resources for sustainable education