Redmoor Academy is one of only 4 schools in the country to be awarded a Royal Meteorological MetMark.

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Humanities is delighted to announce that the Geography department has been awarded a MetMark in recognition of the weather teaching in the department. In its inaugural year, the award has so far only been presented to four schools, all within the London area. The award has been given following the work carried out within the department and in collaboration with STEM Ambassador Iain Thornton from Campbell Scientific. Three specific areas were identified for the award.

Weather Workshops

For the past two years, STEM Ambassador Iain Thornton has run a series of weather workshops with our year 8 students. These start with a demonstration/presentation of weather monitoring hardware including unusual instruments such as ceilometers and present weather sensors. The sensors are left on display with labels explaining their function and use between the workshops allowing others in the school to see them. The second part of the workshop is an interactive group discussion where small groups consider real world weather applications before feeding back to the main group – topics include weather monitoring for renewable energy, sports and leisure, lightning warning and transport.

Solar Eclipse

Working again with Iain and Campbell Scientific and utilising their connections with the BBC, 40+ Redmoor students were exclusively invited to take part in the Reading University NEWEx using a Campbell Scientific weather station and hand held sensors live on the BBC One Stargazing Live Solar Eclipse special broadcast. The children were on screen three times taking weather measurements during about an hour long period working alongside one of the show’s stars Dr Lucie Green, TV weatherman Peter Gibbs and CBBC Newsround presenter Leah Boleto.

Big Bang Science Fair

At the last Big Bang event in December, Campbell scientific created an interactive Human Weather Station whereby children took on roles such as sensors, recorders or time keepers to run a live experiment over a minute to show how a datalogger operates in a weather station.

The weather topic is always a module enjoyed by the students as it is easy to experience and can create spectacular and dangerous events. We are committed to providing a positive experience of weather for our students and for any budding future meteorologists.