Spreading the word on Fantastic Fridges

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Published: 04 November 2019


The Institute of Refrigeration is encouraging schools to get involved in its Fantastic Fridges online resource, which explains the science behind refrigeration and air conditioning.

Fantastic Fridges has been designed with content linked to the national curriculum and aims to connect with students both from the point of an interesting application of science and as a future career. 
The IOR wants people in the industry to spread the word by telling schools, teachers and children about Fantastic Fridges. Samantha Buckell, from the IOR's Women in RACHP network, said: “I was very honoured to be asked to support the IOR Cool for Schools competition. It is a fun way to get the IOR and the industry into schools and into the minds of young people. As so often discovered, people have joined our industry because they were aware of it because of a relative or family friend. People just don’t hear about us at schools. The more fun activities that we can highlight to young people the better. And I think that through schools is really one of the most direct ways initially that we can do this.”
 
Schools need to teach practical science as part of their Gatsby targets and to get closer to industry by using real life examples. They can win great science prizes through the Cool for School competition, which challenges Key Stage 3 students to come up with an experiment related to the fields of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps. Participants could win a range of science kit prizes for their school, including:
  • 1st prize – £2,000 value 
  • Two runner-up prizes £1,000 value 
  • And a Most Innovative Video category – £1,000 value

All entries will earn a Certificate of Merit to recognise their work and highlight the skills and Gatsby benchmarks that were involved.

To take part, students need to record a refrigeration-related experiment and submit it to the IOR before December 1.

To find out more visit the Fantastic Fridges website.