How to Teach your Child the Maths that will Save the Planet with Whizz Education’s Summer Challenge

Before climate change education makes its way on to the school curriculum in 2023, it is essential that parents equip their children with the maths knowledge and skills to understand and act on environmental issues. Whizz Education is here to share the responsibility for shaping the future by nurturing the minds of our young people.

This summer, Whizz Education is delivering a suite of summer learning activities across disciplines that will focus on the topic of ‘Building for the Future’.

Below is information on how you will be able to sign up to take part in this fun learning experience that will maintain your child’s mathematical ability over the summer holidays and prepare the next generation to save the planet.

 

Maths to Tackle Climate Change

As parents, teaching maths to combat climate change will help your child to problem solve, to be an active member of civil society and to promote the importance of green living.

But why is maths so important in the fight against climate change?

  • Without a knowledge of numbers, students would not understand ideas like the carbon budget or the limit of 1.5 degrees of warming at the centre of climate change debates
  • Without using mathematical data to think abstractly, our senses and observations alone would not confirm that climate change is occurring or that we need to act
  • Climate change is a statistical phenomenon that is understood by mapping changes in average measurements (of temperature, for example) over time and analysing variance to provide convincing evidence of a change in the global environment. Measuring variables, recording data and tracking patterns are mathematical skills
  • Different mathematical processes must be used to build models to predict what is likely to happen to the environment
  • Mathematical diagrams must be used to communicate this information to decisionmakers and the public
  • Mathematical literacy is required on the part of citizens to understand the data, predictions and projections and to act accordingly
  • Citizens must be able to determine how to be critical of data to align their behaviour with data they trust and pass-over data presented with an agenda
  • Governments listen to numbers
  • In societies that are numerate, mathematical evidence is a convincing way of prompting action
  • Climate change is a problem without a solution in a laboratory, which will require the collaboration of individuals, communities, institutions, societies and nations, as well as the communication of complex mathematical information on a grand scale
  • Everyone needs to develop skills in effective problem solving that will help them to create local and scalable solutions to climate change

Maths is essential in tackling climate change. You, as parents, can help to teach your child about both topics this summer with the help of Whizz Education. Read on to find out more.

About the Summer Challenge

Only 4% of students in a survey felt that they knew a lot about climate change. This is something parents and educators are well-equipped to change with the right support.

This summer, Whizz Education is partnering with PiXL (Partners in Excellence) to deliver a suite of summer learning activities across disciplines that will focus on the topic of ‘Building for the Future’ for children of any age. As Greta Thunberg often states, today’s children will be the first to experience the effects of climate change and the last generation capable of doing something about it.

Activities will be based around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 7, 9, 11 and 13. The print-out sheets and challenges will encourage children to learn about the environments in which they live and to support the development of a sustainable world. Another key focus is to sustain mathematical ability over the summer break with weekly challenges on measurement and geometry.

Numerous studies have shown that climate change education has the biggest impact when students are encouraged to take responsibility for learning about issues that impact them and their communities. For example, students responsible for growing plants on a patch of land are likely to become invested in the survival of vegetation.

With a focus on finding, understanding and tackling environmental issues within the local community through investigative action, Whizz Education’s Summer Challenge will provide a great way to get involved, make a difference and learn. ‘How to get started’ hints will provide plenty of direction for you to develop a meaningful project together.

How to Get Involved

Whizz Education’s Summer Challenge will be launched in the coming months. Watch this space!

 

Pre-register now and you soon receive the maths resources directly in your inbox and from our designated page. Share your solutions to the maths challenges on social media to become part of a Summer Challenge community set to tackle climate change.

Register your interest here or by scanning this QR code and provide your child with the summer stimulation that will promote safe and sustainable development.

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