Exploring Extreme Environments

Lead Research Organisation: Northumbria University
Department Name: Fac of Engineering and Environment

Abstract

Exploring Extreme Environments brings together STFC-funded scientists, artists and public engagement experts to provide ongoing and sustained engagement with children, young people and families. The science focuses is STFC work with a particular focus on solar physics and planetary science through earth observation in remote (cold) locations: the extreme environments of the title. Over the course of three years, children in eight primary schools, their teachers and families, will meet professionals from both the arts and sciences to learn about how we can 'look at' extreme environments; from the intense heat of the Sun's corona to the sub-zero conditions of Antarctica. Sessions will be targeted across the whole age range of the school, starting with storytime sessions for children aged 3 - 4, assemblies and workshops for children aged 7 - 12, and after-school family activity sessions based on STFC funded work in extreme environments. Teachers will also receive CPD sessions linking the curriculum to STFC science and careers. Story-time sessions will take place in local cultural venues to support families with young children to become confident in talking about science and technology together using extreme environments.

The project will foster collaboration and knowledge sharing between poet Katrina Porteous and researchers at Northumbria University to explore the use of Earth Observation satellites in viewing and understanding remote and extreme environments. Katrina Porteous will also work with composer Peter Zinovieff to create a poetry and sound performance drawing on research data from Antarctica. This work will be performed by Katrina Porteous at three different literary and cultural events. A booklet containing the poems and the science will be created to provide an ongoing legacy of the collaboration for both attendees at the performances, and for the teachers. This collaboration will inspire the co-creation and delivery of cross-curricular literacy and science workshops for the primary school pupils.
The project also develops public engagement capacity within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University through a programme of science communication training and collaboration in workshop development and delivery.
 
Title SUN 
Description Sound and poetry performance created by Katrina Porteous and Peter Zinovieff. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Performed in virtual event on 23rd June. Audience comments include: "Amazing Katrina and Peter - so perfect for a near winter solstice here in Melbourne. The music is timeless - a convergence of past and present forms and tonalities. Katrina your words are so evocative and beautiful for their description of landscape, observation and scientific process. A profound and affective contribution to creative Antarctica." "Feels as if we're listening to the planet's inner monologue" "Everything about this is superb - sound, images, poems, delivery by Katrina...what an honour to experience." 
URL https://wordsworth.org.uk/blog/events/an-evening-with-katrina-porteous/
 
Description Chopwell stargazing 
Organisation AstroVentures
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Overall design and organisation of the stargazing event.
Collaborator Contribution Specialist knowledge and equipment for outdoor astronomy.
Impact Evening stargazing event for famillies at local school
Start Year 2020
 
Description Imagining the Sun workshop 
Organisation Discovery Musuem
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research team contributed science aspects of Imagining the Sun workshop
Collaborator Contribution Discovery museum staff adapted the art aspects of the Imagining the Sun workshop
Impact Engagement outputs - Imagining the Sun workshop.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Poetry and Sound Performance 
Organisation Wordsworth Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Worked with Poet Katrina Porteous and composer Peter Zinovieff to support the creation of a poetry and sound performance: Ice
Collaborator Contribution Hosted online performace. Advertised the performance.
Impact Poetry Performance.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Chopwell stargazing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Evening stargazing event for partner school open to families and local community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.chopwellprimary.org/art/
 
Description E3 Teacher CPD year 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Teacher CPD for year 1 of E3.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Encounters assembly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Online Encounters assembly for schools
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Family Space Explorers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Storyreading and activity for nursery/reception children using 'Are we nearlly there yet?' book
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Family Space Explorers workshop 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Children's workshop using 'Are we nearly there yet?' storybook.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://nustem.uk/activity/e3-family-space-explorers/
 
Description Family Wind Turbine Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact After-school workshop in E3 partner schools for carers and children about the Princess Elizabeth Antarctica research station, and the use of renewable energies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://nustem.uk/activity/wind-energy-engineer/
 
Description ICE 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Performance of the sound and poetry piece created by Katrina Porteous and Peter Zinovieff. Hosted online by Wordsworth Trust.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://wordsworth.org.uk/blog/events/an-evening-with-katrina-porteous/
 
Description Imagining the Sun Workshop 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Imagining the Sun workshop in 4 partner schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Imagining the Sun Workshop 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Imagining the Sun workshop using artwork from Helen Schell. Workshop materials were delivered to the schools prior to the two session workshop and teacher facilitated the workshop whilst we delivered the sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Imagining the Sun workshops 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Imagining the Sun art/science workshop delivered to Year 3 children in partner primary schools. Exploring the layers of the sun and spectrography.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Polar to Solar Family workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Polar to Solar after school family workshop delivered for parents/carers and children at E3 primary schools. Looked at the Princess Elizabeth station in Antarctica and the use of wind power at the station.
Attendees were mainly UKS2 pupils and families, but with a few LKS2 children as well.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Robots storytime 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Story time activity using 'Are we nearly there yet' and Robots, Robots books.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description STFC STEM Person of the Week - Year 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact First set of SPOTW cards featuring STFC people. 5 week teacher led activity helping children to think about the characteristics they share with people who work in STEM.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Space workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Workshop about space for year 1 children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Teacher CPD 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Teacher CPD for the second year of the E3 project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Telescope assembly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Assembly about telescopes with a focus on STFC facilities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Underneath the Ice 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two session workshop linking poetry and science. Focus is on ice cores from antarctica.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://nustem.uk/activity/underneath-the-ice/
 
Description Underneath the Ice 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Underneath the ice workshop which linked poetry and polar physics. Included excerpts of poems written by Katrina Porteous. Mostly delivered online in 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Underneath the Ice workshops 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Delivery of Underneath the Ice workshop - a poetry/science workshop which explores the use of ice cores to date events in history.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Whole School Assembly (Year 1) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Introductory assembly about Exploring Extreme Environments. Introducing children and teachers to the extreme environments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019