9th July 2012
The investigative journalism of pupils at Beech House School in Rochdale has won critical acclaim in a nationwide Science Museum project.
The Science Museum's Climate Science Outreach Project invited 48 schools to submit articles about local issues that matter to students.
The high quality of submissions led the Science Museum to put them forward for 'peer review' with The Guardian newspaper. Beech House School received a commendation for an article exploring climate change issues in Rochdale, undertaking primary research into the attitudes of local people.
Guardian Environment Editor John Vidal ranked the article in the top four nationwide and said: "Good attempt to analyse a town's two big issues - the end of a landfill site and the coming of a wind farm."
The collaboration is the second instalment of the Climate Science Outreach Project, a three-year scheme working in partnership with museums and science centres across the UK. The project works with students aged 13-14 years and uses science communication as a means of exploring the subject of climate change.
The articles written by students were revealed to the public at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry on 4 July.