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Ideas for developing global citizens through STEM activities

There are plenty of links between practical STEM study and global citizenship. Drawing on her new book, Emily Hunt offers quick ideas for your lessons

If the past year has taught us anything it is that our world is much smaller than we realised. Events that happen many miles away across borders and seas can touch us in our homes and schools and leave a lasting impact.

The spread of a virus on a world map is the most obvious example, but melting icecaps, refugees seeking safe havens or plastic floating across the ocean all demonstrate how local events can escalate into global challenges.

For our primary school children, it has been a year of unprecedented disruption and change. Adults and young people alike are grappling to understand and adapt to challenging global circumstances. News headlines have permeated our classrooms like never before, leading us to reflect on our education system and the way in which we present global issues within the classroom.

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