Picture: Storm over marshes. Credit: Mikaela Sub (Pixabay).

Time: 9.15am – 3.30pm, Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Location: Climate Change Research Centre, Mathews Building 4th floor, UNSW, Sydney
Cost: Free

Do you teach Maths or STEM in a NSW secondary school? Are you keen to work together with climate scientists to develop teaching resources using information on the latest climate science? If so, this free one-day workshop is for you..

Workshop aims

The one-day Climate Classrooms  workshop is collaboration between the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX), Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub (MCCCRH), and University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney. The workshop will bring climate scientists and teachers together to develop educational resources that use climate science concepts and data to address learning objectives from the Australian Maths and STEM curricula. The aim is to make novel climate research accessible to secondary school teachers and enable them to use it in their teaching of the Australian curriculum.

The workshop will deliver draft teaching resources that will be fully developed and reviewed by the CLEX-MCCCRH team and made available to teachers via the MCCCRH Climate Classrooms and CLEX websites and education platforms nationwide and worldwide, including the TROP ICSU  (“Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding”) repository. The event will also help build enduring connections between climate scientists and teachers.

This workshop exemplifies NESA’s interim principles of effective professional learning and is thus eligible to be recorded and counted as Elective Professional Development.  

A previous participant of a Climate Classrooms workshop that focused on Science has said:

I found the Climate Classroom workshop invaluable. As a Science teacher, I know how important it is for students to gain an understanding of both the mechanisms of climate change and implications of this on their own future. Working with other teachers as well as experts in the field allowed me not only to collaborate in making a useful lesson plan but also opened my eyes to a range of resources already available. I was able to take knowledge of these resources back to my science teaching colleagues who are already using them in lessons.

Katrina Holewa, Science Teacher, Noosa District State High School

Who should attend?

Teachers with expertise in the Secondary Australian Curriculum of Maths or STEM subjects are invited to express their interest. Due to COVID19 restrictions, a limited number of applications will be accepted. Expressions of interest will be reviewed by the workshop organisers, and the final list of participants will be decided based on the ability to form groups of participants (teachers and climate scientists) with matching expertise and interests. We will let you know the outcome of your application by Friday 23 July 2021.

We encourage applications from people in regional areas, and support may be available to offset the cost of travel to Sydney.

Contact us

The workshop is being convened by:

  • Dr Sanaa Hobeichi (Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW Sydney / CLEX)
  • Dr Ian Macadam (Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW Sydney / CLEX)
  • Ms Tahnee Burgess (Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub)
  • Dr David C Holmes (Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub)

If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Sanaa Hobeichi (s.hobeichi@unsw.edu.au).