Hopscotch was initially appointed to conduct a rigorous, year-long piece of research to identify what an education offer from the Met Office could look like. From an in-depth review of the education landscape and UK curriculums, alongside extensive stakeholder mapping, consultation with educators and workshops with employees, we defined the vision for a brand new schools programme.
At its heart, the programme seeks to inspire young people aged 7-14 to discover maths, science and more through weather and climate. Hopscotch led on the development of a new, eye catching visual identity and narrative to reflect the spirit of the programme. Following this, we designed a set of curriculum-linked resources which combine world-leading meteorological expertise with a sense of fun and adventure, and cover a range of topics from fake news and climate change, through to extreme weather and forecasting and prediction.
The latest resources feature creative cartoon stimulus which follows the exciting story of a real employee and her journey towards becoming a radar engineer at the Met Office. They can be delivered in the classroom or remotely, and include SEND and more accessible versions of the content. Supported by communications to tie in with National Apprenticeship Week and Women and Girls in Science Day, the content is designed to inspire and challenge stereotypes around the sector, while engaging young people with STEM learning.
While developing the new resources, Hopscotch really helped us push the boundaries and injected creativity into the programme to broaden young people’s perceptions around people in STEM.Felicity Liggins, Education Outreach Manager
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