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KS 4 Challenges

14-16 years old

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Our Endeavour challenges guide your pupils through an in-depth project over a series of lessons.

Competition challenge

Win £1000 Competition: KS4 Evolve and adapt

How will plants in the future have evolved in response to climate change? Pupils will explore plant evolution then design a plant with adaptations for survival in a future affected by climate change. 
evolution and adaptation, environment, climate change
Competition challenge

Win £1000 Competition: KS4 Kew the question - Sustainability

What is sustainability? Pupils will learn about UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible production and consumption, then deliver a presentation outlining how they think we can achieve this goal.
sustainability, global goals, environment

KS4 Climate action

What can we do to protect our planet? Pupils will learn about UN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate action, then deliver a presentation outlining what they think is the most important thing we can do to tackle climate change.
biodiversity, global goals, environment, conservation and sustainability, climate change

KS4 Tree of life

How are the world’s plants and fungi related to each other and how have they evolved over time? Pupils will learn about Kew’s Plant and Fungal Trees of Life project, then construct an evolutionary tree using their own classification system.
genetics, field studies, evolution and adaptation, conservation and sustainability

KS4 Plant diseases

How are pathogens threatening plants and what can we do about it? Pupils will learn about plant diseases including Ash dieback, then carry out a plant survey in their local area and write a report on their investigation.
plant science, field studies, evolution and adaptation, conservation and sustainability

KS4 Kew scientist

Why do we care about fungi? Pupils will discover how important fungi are for life on earth, then investigate how climate change affects fungal growth and activity.

lab and fieldwork, fungi, conservation and sustainability, climate change

KS4 Zero hunger

What are the causes of global hunger? Pupils will learn about UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero hunger, then deliver a presentation about what they think is the most important thing we can do to end hunger across the world.
global goals, food, nutrition and health, environment, conservation and sustainability

KS4 Life on land

How can we protect endangered species? Pupils will learn about UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on land, then deliver a presentation outlining what they think is the most important thing we can do to end biodiversity loss.
biodiversity, global goals, environment, conservation and sustainability

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