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World Habitat Day: Activities & Projects!
The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It also reminds us we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.
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The theme for World Habitat Day 2019 is “Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth”.
According to the World Economic and Social Survey 2018, frontier technologies hold immense potential to improve how people work and live, as well as to significantly accelerate efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and address climate change.
‘Frontier technologies, such as automation, robotics, electric vehicles, renewable energy technologies, bio-technologies and artificial intelligence, can possibly transform the social, economic and environmental spheres. They offer the potential of better, cheaper, faster, scalable and easy to use solutions for every-day problems, including waste management.’
STEM Learning have CPD, ideas & an enormous library of resources and activities! Here are a few project ideas to get you started but you can click here for more!
- Waste Management
This resource from Cre8ate maths works with government statistics to raise issues related to waste recycling.
- Domestic Waste
This topic, from the Association for Science Education, allows classes across the world to exchange information about waste management. Students discuss the ways in which their community deals with waste and what can be done to cope with the problems caused by waste.
- CSI: Litter challenge for schools
Litter is a major issue for our environment, posing a threat to wildlife and affecting the health of our oceans. It also affects the local community impacting on the look of our streets, parks and schools as well as being a financial burden. How can you help? Take the CSI challenge!
- Super Sucker: Design a machine to clean up litter
This resource provides a design and technology project for older primary children. Linking to the topic of electricity, it provides a practical context in which children focus on electric circuits, motors and batteries to build their own mini-vacuum cleaner.
- Star Challenges – Animal Adventures
5-11 year olds – Primary
Minibeasts & Habitats
- Superstar Challenges – Brilliant Birds / Bumblebee Mystery
7-11 year olds
- Discovery Challenge – Stop the Spread
Cleanliness, disease, waste & health
- Practical Action have a range of Global Project Ideas & environmental activities. Global Project Ideas provide an excellent starting point for pupils wanting to do a project based on Global issues, these can be completed as part of the CREST Awards Scheme.