Big Debates in STEM

Looking to discuss the big, contestable questions in STEM? This collection of resources from The Economist Educational Foundation supports students to understand how the scientific and technological processes of the modern world are intertwined with political decisions and ethical calculations. They help develop students' ability to see a range of opinions, evaluate different sides and confidently communicate an opinion.

Each resource has been designed to develop reasoning, open-mindedness, scepticism and speaking up – skills vital to all successful careers in STEM. These sessions can be used within the curriculum, or as part of an extra-curricular club. All activities are classroom ready, and require no preparation beyond printing the materials!



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Is a vegan society a better society?

This resource explores what a vegan diet involves and considers the social and political implications of a vegan society. It is part of the collection of educational resources from The Economist Educational Foundation.

Session 1:

  • Explore different kinds of diets
  • Reflect...

Climate emergency

This resource from The Economist Educational Foundation engages students with big questions about climate change and human intervention. The sessions explore the viability of our attempts to keep temperatures down and supports students to discuss the obstacles to success and question where...

A positive human future

This resource was designed by The Economist Educational Foundation to support PA’s Raspberry Pi competition 2020. However, it can also be used by schools that are...