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our world in motion: theme 2012

Our world is constantly in motion, from the groun beneath our feet to the clouds above our heads - everything around us moves.

Communication: theme 2011

From mobile phones to satellite technology to how animals communicate in the wild, communication is all around.

What on Earth is going on: theme 2010

Take on the role of weather scientists, engineers, farmers and botanists and undertake investigations on Earth's amazing properties.

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Waste investigators


This activity pack contains a range of different activities on the theme of waste for National Science & Engineering Week. This accompanies the ‘What a waste’ poster competition for National Science & Engineering Week 2013 and has been produced in partnership with EDF Energy’s environmental education programme the Pod (see below).

Activities are aimed at 5-14 year olds but may be suitable for a range of age-groups. They are intended to act as a stimulus for your own National Science & Engineering Week activities and can be tailored to the ability of the group. Two of the activities can be used towards a Crest Star Investigators award.

Waste investigators.pdf

The Pod
Launched in September 2008, the Pod is EDF Energy’s environmental education programme. It was developed to help the company meet its sustainability commitment of engaging with 2.5 million children by 2012 in learning about the sustainable use of energy – this target was met two years ahead of schedule at the end of 2010. The Pod now has over 16,500 registered schools and has already engaged
with over 9 million children. The programme has three main aims;

1) To inspire young people and their families to choose a more sustainable lifestyle
2) to understand that a low carbon, secure and affordable energy supply is vital for
the future
3) to promote STEM in schools and encourage science and engineering as a career
choice is an interactive website for teachers, providing free lesson plans, practical activities, assemblies, games and information all with cross curricular links. The content is currently aimed at 4 – 14 year olds and covers the topics of energy, waste, water, transport, biodiversity and climate science. The ethos of the Pod is ‘Share ideas and inspire each other’, which is why the site also
encourages pupils and teachers to blog about their activities and to post photos and videos to showcase their green projects – all of this great material can be seen on the Pod Gallery at

In addition, the Pod runs national campaigns designed to help the whole school, parents and the local community to engage with an environmental message e.g. Switch Off Fortnight and Waste Week. Over 4,200 schools and 1.4 million children took part in the Pods 4th ‘Switch Off Fortnight’ in November 2012 and more than 3700 schools took part in the first Pod Waste Week in 2012 – you can find out more about Pod campaigns here