Climate Change – Interdisciplinary STEM Challenge

Footprints made of grass

This interdisciplinary STEM resource on Climate Change has three to four sessions seeking out what practical steps pupils and their family can take to mitigate the effects of climate change. (Involves STEM Challenges.) The resource comprises four activities (including STEM), each lasting within the range of 60-80 minutes. A “Gift to the Earth” challenge requires pupils to record their daily commitment to reducing their carbon footprint and creates the link between each activity.

Activity 1 is a broad introduction to climate change, its causes, effects and solutions at the individual level.

Activity 2 discusses the concept of ecological footprint and is based on a practical workshop on upcycling.

Activity 3 applies a simplified version of the scientific research method to measure the impact of our actions.

Activity 4 is an optional showcase with scientific posters.

This resource provides material for the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Experiences and Outcomes in Technology, Numeracy and Mathematics, Literacy and English. An interdisciplinary approach to the concept of Ecological and Carbon Footprint is adopted with the aim of shaping pupils’ sense of responsibility and awareness of the impact of our daily actions on our planet.


Learning Outcomes covered:

Technology TCH 2-06a: I can analyse how lifestyles can impact on the environment and Earth’s resources and can make suggestions about how to live in a more sustainable way.

Technology TCH 2-07a: I can make suggestions as to how individuals and organizations may use technologies to support sustainability and reduce the impact on our environment.

Technology TCH 2-09a: I can extend and enhance my design skills to solve problems and can construct models.


Numeracy and Mathematics

Numeracy MNU 2-20b: I have carried out investigations and surveys, devising and using a variety of methods to gather information and have worked with others to collate, organise and communicate the results in an appropriate way.

Mathematics MTH 2-21a: I can display data in a clear way using a suitable scale, by choosing appropriately from an extended range of tables, charts, diagrams and graphs, making effective use of technology.

Literacy and English

Literacy and English LIT 2-09a: When listening and talking with others for different purposes, I can: share information, experiences and opinions; explain processes and ideas; identify issues raised and summarise main points or findings; clarify points by asking questions or by asking others to say more.


This resource was created as part of the GeoScience Outreach Course, which is a 4th year undergraduate course in the School of GeoSciences aiming to provide students with the opportunity to develop their own science communication and engagement project.

Author: Giada Barzaghi

This resource is available under a CC BY-SA license and has been made available on TES Connect which hosts a range of lesson materials for early years, primary, secondary, and special needs teaching.

Go to Climate Change Interdisciplinary STEM Challenge on TES to view and download this resource

Header image:

Ecological Footprint (Pixabay license) by Colin Behrens, Pixabay license