Schools and Colleges

School children

More about our work with Schools and Colleges

We are committed to engaging with young people, reaching not only those local to our head office in Exeter, but also the wider UK and international community.

Inspiring young people

As a major STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) employer, we aim to increase understanding of the real-world applications of these subjects. We provide inspiring role models for young people, encouraging them to take an interest in their education and empowering them to shape their own careers.

We work towards these goals with help from an active group of volunteers, a large proportion of whom are enrolled as STEM ambassadors. This programme of coordinated outreach is managed by STEMNET, and provides a valuable link between ambassadors and schools. We currently have more than 140 STEM ambassadors at the Met Office, situated at many locations both national and international. Our ambassadors attend a wide range of events throughout the year, and we also run Science Camp at our head office, the content of which is now applied to other activities and visits.

A few of our recent and upcoming activities include:

  • We are involved in various aspects of the Big Bang fair, including exhibiting and judging at both local and national events.
  • We are a regular feature in Einstein's Garden at the Green Man festival, where we communicate our science in a low-key, low-tech environment.
  • In 2014, we were a host for a group of coders participating in the Young Rewired State festival of code, the world's largest hackathon for young people.
  • Many of our ambassadors stationed at RAF airfields get involved in open days, offering fun science demonstrations for young and old alike.
  • We will be offering interactive talks about meteorology and forecasting at the 2015 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.
  • We also visit schools and youth groups to run activities and demonstrations, coach and mentor young people, exhibit at careers fairs, hold mock interviews, support computing groups, speak at Science Cafes...and much more.

If you think we could help you, please email us:

Last updated: 14 September 2015