Case study: Geobus – taking Earth Science education to schools across Scotland

geobus-people_centreGeoBus is an Earth Science education resource based at the University of St Andrews, which delivers interactive workshops in Scottish secondary schools. Launched in 2012, the project has worked with over 54,000 pupils in its first five years in schools all over the country – from Gretna to Shetland and everywhere in between.

There are currently no specific Earth Science qualifications in the Scottish curriculum and, as a result, GeoBus works with classes (and teachers) across a variety of subjects to highlight the integral and applied nature of Earth Science, as well as the opportunities available in a diverse range of related careers. In addition to classroom workshops, GeoBus also supports senior pupils carrying out project fieldwork for Geography and Environmental Science qualifications and promotes responsible approaches and best practice in an outdoor learning context.

GeoBus actively involves current researchers and industry partners in the development of teaching materials, and promotes continued interaction and learning by providing follow-up resources and teacher CPD sessions on specific topics. Acting as a uniquely well-established bridge between industry, academia and schools, GeoBus is therefore well placed to champion geodiversity in Scottish education.

GeoBus is grateful for past and present support from RCUK, industry, government and professional societies. The current Principle Sponsors are NERC, PremierOil, Scottish Government and Shell, and the project is also supported by the UK Space Agency. For more information please see geobus.st-andrews.ac.uk, or you can find GeoBus on Twitter (@GeoBus_StA), Facebook (GeoBusStA) and Instagram (geobus_sta).

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