Thousands of young people share scientific questions once again this year in the Great Science Share for Schools

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School pupils across the globe will be sharing their scientific curiosity this week as this year’s Great Science Share for Schools celebrates its annual Share Day.

Throughout the year, teachers of 5-14 years olds have the chance to upskill in their own knowledge and skills of teaching science enquiry, using innovative resources and ideas related to the theme of Sustainable Science to involve their pupils in asking and investigating scientific questions that matter to them.

Now, on Tuesday 11 June, teachers and their pupils will come together in celebratory events both in-person and online, across the UK and beyond, to share what they have learnt with their peers, family, industry professionals and the general public.

This year’s theme is Sustainable Science, with a focus on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Some of the questions shared this year, include:

How could we prevent the polar ice caps melting?

Which fruit or vegetable is most likely to be able to power an electric car?

What effects does plastic pollution have on wildlife?

Which fabrics shed less fibres and are therefore better for the environment?

Can we increase the biodiversity in our school?

The Great Science Share for Schools (GSSfS) campaign was launched by Professor Lynne Bianchi, Vice Dean for Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, to provide a unique way to elevate the prominence of science in the classroom, focussing on learner-focussed science communication, inclusive and non-competitive engagement, and promoting collaboration.

Supported by a team of specialists, they have an approach that is supported across the STEM sector, and actively involves research from a range of fields including quantum science, fashion materials, computing and the creative industries.

Earlier this year, the campaign was granted the prestigious patronage of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO , in recognition of its status as a beacon of excellence in science education and its pivotal role in shaping the next generation of scientists, innovators, and global citizens.

The team’s growth strategy, which monitors the reach and quality of the campaign, sees it develop year on year. Now, in its ninth year, there will be more than 650,000 pupils registered across 40 countries, with schools in Montenegro being some of the latest to join.

"GSSfS provides such an important opportunity to foster pupils’ curiosity and wonder. It is incredible this year to see the campaign growing into more countries, enabling young people across the world to investigate scientific questions important to them. This year’s theme of ’Sustainable Science’ has global significance for the world we live in today, and the issues our young people will face in their lifetime."

Professor Lynne Bianchi added: "GSSfS is a powerful and purposeful way to engage young people with science related to real-world contexts. It offers teachers and school leaders the chance to raise the profile of science at a time where our economy relies so heavily on STEM skills and innovation."

Professor Bianchi, recently advised on the new Education Endowment Foundation’s Improving Primary Science Guidance and is researching the purpose and effectiveness of practical work in science as part of a Nuffield Foundation research study. In this way, the knowledge and awareness developed within the Great Science Share for Schools informs leading practice by sharing best practice and insights to make a wider impact.

An exciting addition to the Great Science Share this year is the release of the brand-new Smart Pickings (2 edition), which publishes 200 questions shared by pupils.

Professor Bianchi said: "This has been an ideal opportunity to celebrate The University of Manchester’s Bicentenary, and to inspire more teachers and young people across the world to ask, investigate and share their questions with each other."