WEMC’s Energy & Meteorology Education Special Interest Group
(Education SIG)

This SIG aims to identify programs in research, industry and entrepreneurship that address knowledge and skill gaps in Energy & Meteorology education. The SIG also aims to include school pupils and students in their vision, ensuring that young people have robust knowledge, understanding and skills that enable them to pursue the Energy & Meteorology nexus agenda further as they become the next stewards of our planet.

WEMC Education SIG Introduction / Q&A Web Cast
30th May 2019 15:00 BST (UTC+1)
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00:00 Intro & Agenda
01:25 About WEMC and its SIGs
05:45 Attendee intros
11:25 Commitments & expectations
17:00 Reassurance for teachers
19:10 SIG aims & aspirations
24:35 Developing educational tools
31:35 Global syllabus aim
46:40 Next steps & signing up
49:35 Q&A / Comments

Frequently Asked Questions

Who leads the SIG and what kind of people are involved?

Kit Rackley, WEMC’s Education & Program Officer, is the lead facilitator of the Education SIG. They have over a decade of experience teaching high-school in the United Kingdom, specialising in Geography, and the Natural/Earth/Environmental Sciences and Social Sciences. Kit is also a teacher trainer and educational author with a number of published articles.

The SIG is overseen by WEMC directors Alberto Troccoli and Sue Haupt (NCAR).

Our members come from many backgrounds, for example:

  • Academic researchers from universities
  • Climate modellers
  • Educational consultants/authors
  • Energy developers and technicians
  • Governmental and non-governmental policy makers
  • Meteorologists
  • PhD students
  • Renewable engineers
  • School teachers at all levels
  • University lecturers
What are the current goals of the Education SIG?

The SIG’s goals will always evolve, and it will be the SIG members who determine what those goals should be, and the resources dedicated to reaching them.

As of May 2019 at the relaunch of the SIG, we have four ‘aspirational’ goals. One of the first jobs of the group will be to assess if and how we could achieve these, how we could pursue them, and what the potential outcomes would be. In no particular order, they are:

  1. To draw up a ‘global syllabus’ for the teaching and learning of energy and meteorology education in formal education. Using research, knowledge and expertise to find common threads of learning around the globe. Resources with global reach could be used as foundations for this syllabus, e.g. the energy aspects of Project Drawdown.
  2. Research into the areas of need to enhance energy and meteorology education. Are there common issues in areas of the world? Where are the areas of strength where educators can be utilised to support areas of need. For example, what is the minimal level of knowledge and understanding regarding meteorology that energy experts need?
  3. Be a conduit and connector for educators and experts to work together. For example, perhaps a school teacher would like to work with a meteorologist to improve their lessons on weather? Or perhaps a renewable energy engineer would like to develop an apprenticeship course for young people but doesn’t know where to start?
  4. To assist and advise in the development of meteorology/energy resources, applications and tools for educators at all levels (formal education, training for experts etc)

We may choose to focus on only one or two of these, or split up into smaller working groups. That will be for members to decide!

Are there any requirements to becoming a member of the Education SIG?

The only requirement is that you are a WEMC member. Membership is absolutely free and has other great benefits as well as qualification to participate in a SIG. If you are not yet a WEMC member, click here to sign up!

If your passion and expertise involves the topics of climate and energy – be it through education, academia or industry – then we welcome you onto the SIG!

I am only interested in one or two of the SIG's aims. Is it ok for me to still be a part of the group?

Absolutely! You may feel that you can contribute more to one aim than other due to your areas of expertise or interest. It may be decided by members that we could break into smaller working groups to tackle a specific aim or goal.

I am a teacher who is interested, but I cannot spare much time at all. Is there a minimum commitment needed?

A teacher’s time is precious and often there are projects they want to get involved in but simply cannot find the time or energy. This is something we understand and teachers who could only commit a minimal amount of time would still very much be welcome. Helping with just one of these things would be valued:

  • Give your thoughts and insights as a teacher during SIG conferences
  • Testing out a resource or educational tool with students and gauging their feedback
  • Contribute to a lesson plan, resource pack, syllabus etc
  • Pen a blog or article about climate and energy education
  • Being a tester for interactive climate/energy tools
  • Delivering training to other teachers, professionals etc

You could negotiate with your line manager or senior leadership team for your SIG activities to become part of any school-based appraisal, self-evaluation or improvement plans. WEMC would be happy to support you in collating supporting documentation and evidence.

It is very unlikely I will have the time or means to travel. Does this matter?

No problem! The vast majority of interactions will be done remotely via conference calling and emails. There will be opportunities to attend events and meetings in person but no-one will be obliged to attend and we will always try to make it possible to ‘attend’ remotely. We could always come to you, too, if we were to run a workshop, event or training session!

I have a specific query not answered here. Who do I contact?

No problem. You are very welcome to contact the Education SIG Lead Kit Rackley at kit.rackley@wemcouncil.org.

Want to be a part of this exciting global collaboration? Sign up for free WEMC membership and state your interest in the Education SIG!

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