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World Habitat Day 2020: Projects & Activities
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 2020 is Housing For All: A better Urban Future.
“Having an adequate home is now, more than ever, a matter of life and death. As COVID-19 continues to spread, people have been told to stay at home, but this simple measure is impossible for people who do not have adequate housing.
At the same time, COVID-19 has reminded us that home is much more than just a roof. To make us feel safe and enable us to continue living, working and learning, a home needs to be secure, allow physical distancing and access for hygiene measures. It should also be located close to public green and open spaces, employment opportunities, health-care services, schools, childcare centres and other social facilities.
COVID-19 has spread in areas where people lack adequate housing and are faced with inequalities and poverty. Residents in these areas are also often not recognized by the authorities or protected and face the risk of being evicted and relocated, particularly in times of crisis.” – United Nations
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!
- Global Goals Resources
- Global Issues: Helping People (Activities)
- The Grand Challenges: Artificial Intelligence, ageing society, clean growth and future mobility
- 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.
- Renewable Energy Wordsearch
- Poster: Top 10 Reasons Why Renewable Energy is Cool!
- Renewable Energy: A Resource for KS3/4
- Practical Action offers 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.
- Discovery Challenge – Stop the Spread
Cleanliness, disease, waste & health
- CREST Awards: Discovery Award – Sustainable Solutions
- Youth Industrial Strategy Competition (Bronze/Silver/Gold CREST Award)
- Design, Engineer, Construct – A House for Everyone