On May 12th I will be embarking on a 7 day expedition to climb to the 4095m summit of Mount Kinabalu. I will be joined by TV presenter Helen Fospero, Lydia Bright from TOWIE and Made in Chelsea actors Sam Thompson and James Dunmore. As someone who loves science I cannot pass up the opportunity to find a way to do a little science on the trip and get school kids involved along the way. More on that below but before you read on, please take a moment to donate whatever you can afford. It is a cliche but every little really does help.
The Thompson Tracker!
On the run up to my climb I have been working with the awesome team at the community group The Things Network Norfolk and Suffolk to develop a custom made piece of hardware (which they have affectionately called the Thompson Tracker) that I can carry up to the summit of Mount Kinabalu. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and all of these have been employed in developing it. This little box of wonder will sample the atmospheric conditions as we ascend to measure temperature, pressure and humidity while calculating altitude from the information based on the international standard atmosphere. It will also track our location via GPS and all of this data will be beamed via satellite straight to this page where it can be viewed in realtime or downloaded in CSV format for use in school lessons.
Downloadable Lesson Plans
I have been working with a brilliant bunch of teachers around the UK to develop downloadable lesson plans from year 4 through to year 11 and these will be available soon so that teachers can get the most out of the information we capture.
Year 4 lesson plans will appear here soon
Year 5 lesson plans will appear here soon
Year 6 lesson plans will appear here soon
Year 7 lesson plans will appear here soon
Year 8 lesson plans will appear here soon
Year 9 lesson plans will appear here soon
Year 10 lesson plans will appear here soon
Year 11 lesson plans will appear here soon