On 17 July, Noisy Classroom partnered with Young Leaders to invite 80 sixth formers to King’s College to take part in the EYDC, a European wide STEM debating competition examining the future of plastics and petrochemicals. Schools from across the country took part in a workshop before engaging in a heated debate in front of industry leaders. Four students were chosen to fly to Berlin in October to take part in the European finals.
Noisy Classroom is a big supporter of STEM debates. Often debating is seen as an activity for those studying English and the humanities but it is essential that our future scientists examine the ethical and practical consequences of new science and technology developments and are able to communicate with the wider public on these issues. Many of the biggest debates facing us in current years are STEM based, whether they are how to tackle climate change, the ethical dimension of AI or how much genetic engineering to allow.
If you are interested in taking part in next year’s event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org