Met Office Virtual Science Camp

Science Camp provides young people with the opportunity to learn from one of the UK's leading science organisations, discovering weather and climate science through engaging activities and exciting demonstrations, led by enthusiastic Met Office staff.

This year it returns in a brand-new online format, with virtual sessions to help young people learn about weather and climate science.

To express your interest in taking part, please click here to complete the registration form.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions! You can reach us at [email protected].

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What does Science Camp look like this year?

This year Science Camp will take an exciting new format consisting of ten separate virtual sessions. These will begin in the week commencing Monday 20 September and run through until Friday 26 November. Keep an eye out on the website for more information on when each session will be made available.

  • Videos will be released through our webpage along with resource packs in advance, so that you can run these sessions at a time that suits you!
  • The videos will be around 30 minutes long. But if you choose to pause them to join in with the experiments or activities, the full run time will be around an hour.
  • The final session will be a Teams Live Q&A on Friday 26 November in which you can ask questions to our panel made up of demonstrators and special guests.
  • Our new virtual format has given us a unique chance to make Science Camp more accessible than ever before.
  • We are aware that some schools may have school holiday clashes throughout Virtual Science Camp. However, the pre-recorded videos will be available online so you can explore the sessions at a time that suits you.

What will the sessions cover?

More information will be made available nearer the time, however the themes of each session are as follows:

  1. What is temperature? What is wind?
  2. What are clouds?
  3. Measuring the weather
  4. Rain or Shine
  5. Forecasting for the World and Extreme Weather
  6. What makes our computer super?
  7. Climate
  8. Climate change
  9. Future Workforce
  10.  Ask the Met Office – Teams Live Q&A

What resources will I need?

  • To carry out the demonstrations in your class, you will need to gather some materials.
  • We always try to design our suggested activities as low cost as possible, and you should be able to gather equipment from the classroom or your home.
  • You may need to do some printing if you decide to do all of the suggested experiments and games, but we have tried to keep this to a minimum.
  • A full list of all resources needed will be available soon.

What technological checks should I do?

  • The final session will be a Microsoft Teams Live Q&A session. You will be able to join through the Teams app or browser. Our technical support team will be on hand to assist here if required.
  • Please check YouTube is not blocked by your school IT security, as the session videos will be hosted on here.
  • Please engage with us on Twitter (@MetOfficeLearn) by using the hashtag #MOSciCamp – we’d love to see your take on our virtual demonstrations!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I need to run a session?

The pre-recorded content is approximately 30 minutes long, but there will be pauses for demonstrations and activities in between. We therefore recommend 1 hour as a guide to run each session, including time to pause the video to complete the hands-on activities.

What age group is Science Camp aimed at?

Virtual Science Camp is for school groups, home-schooled children, Guide and Scout units and any other activity groups for young people. We know that every young person is different, so it’s hard to say our virtual Science Camps are for a particular age. However, we would suggest that young people aged between 10 and 14 will hopefully find something in it for them.

I have multiple classes who would benefit from the Science Camp content, are there limits on using or sharing resources?

No! Please feel free to share around with multiple classes and make best use of our resources.

I am youth group leader with children who range in age and ability, is Science Camp suitable for such a group?

Yes! You know your children best, but we have tried to design Science Camp so that it can be adapted to a diverse range of children, for example, by providing stretch activities within the resource packs.

Do I have to buy lots of equipment to take part in Science Camp?

No! We always try to design our suggested activities to be as low cost as possible. You should be able to do our Science Camp activities using equipment you usually find in the classroom or at home, for example old plastic bottles, craft materials or woolly gloves. You might need to do some printing if you decide to do all of our suggested experiments and games, but we have tried to keep this to a minimum too.

Will the Ask the Met Office Q&A session be recorded?

Yes! This will be made available on our Met Office YouTube channel, with a shared link allowing you access. This will allow those that can’t join us live the chance to catch up! You will be able to submit questions to this session in advance.

How we can we take part in sessions that run into our school holidays?

The content will be made available for several weeks to allow you flexibility in taking part.

If restrictions lift will this move to an in-person event?

We will be keeping this year's Science Camp as a completely virtual event. This is to ensure resilience in what is still a very uncertain time in terms of plans!

What would a ‘normal’ Science Camp look like? How is this different to Virtual Science Camp?

Since 2013 we have welcomed over 1,500 young people to Met Office HQ for our Science Camps. They camp over in the Met Office, alongside teachers and support staff, with the Science Camp Core Team and colleagues partaking as buddies. Groups are guided by buddies around the Met Office to different sessions, where campers get hands-on with our activities and experiments similar to those we are including in our Virtual Science Camp. The first half of the sessions are carried out on a Friday evening between 17:00-22:00 and the latter on Saturday morning between 07:00-12:00. We hope that a Virtual Science Camp will allow us to be accessible to more schools/groups spanning across the UK, whilst allowing flexibility for you to run your Science Camp at a time to suit you.

I have a student with a specific learning need. What reasonable adjustments can you make?

One of the aims of our virtual Science Camp is to be as inclusive as possible. All videos will be uploaded to YouTube, where we will be making use of the auto-generated subtitling feature and we have considered other accessibility and inclusion best-practice throughout the design of our Camp. We are very happy to consider any reasonable adjustments we can make in relation to our Teams Live event on 26 November so please email us on [email protected] and we can arrange a chat. We’d also welcome feedback about the accessibility of the content we have provided, so we can improve – we might be able to do this during the run of sessions, so please don’t leave your feedback until the end in case we can improve the experience for you and others too.

What can I do to support my students during Science Camp?

Please refer to various other FAQs regarding how we have adapted Virtual Science Camp to be as inclusive as possible. We welcome all opportunities to make our events open and accessible to all. We are very happy to consider any reasonable adjustments we can make in relation to our Teams Live event on 26 November so please email us on [email protected] and we can arrange a chat. We’d also welcome feedback about the accessibility of the content we have provided, so we can improve – we might be able to do this during the run of sessions, so please don’t leave your feedback until the end in case we can improve the experience for you and others too.

We also have various stretch activities and resources to expand on participants understanding to help provide a stronger foundation to what they will be learning. These will be available to you through our webpage closer the start of our Camp.

Our youth group meets outside of school hours, how can we participate in Science Camp?

Our resources will be hosted on our webpage and link through to various YouTube videos to assist with running each Science Camp session. It is then up to you when you would like to run your sessions, so you have complete flexibility.

Due to school timetables, my classes will not be able to attend every week, is this a problem?

No! You are more than welcome to make use of the resources as you wish, whether that be only choosing a select few sessions to partake in or be it you want to follow the timeline and run all 10 sessions. The sessions have been designed to be flexible as stand-alone sessions to allow as much flexibility as possible.