Frequently asked questions

What is OCC? 

OCC is a teacher led climate change education programme, fully supporting the English national curriculum and it is the perfect companion programme to the DfE’s sustainability & climate change strategy.

How much is it? 

We have a range of packages available, starting with a FREE package which you can access immediately at no cost. Check out all of our packages here.

How do I access the lessons? 

You’ll have full access to all the content on the OCC platform immediately after payment.  Your whole school can use this resource for a full 12 months.

What are the lessons?

Each Unit is fully interactive (whiteboard, PC or tablet) with a video/animation and main activity that can be used to follow the unit sequence or as a standalone resource, a prompt for discussion, a lesson starter, an independent extension, a consolidation activity or as a homework task.

How long does it take to complete the programme? 

It really is up to you.  There are 4 Modules with 24 Units comprising 11 core experiments and almost 100 activity ideas.  OCC can be used to move through a linear unit sequence as suggested or you can embed the content into existing classroom schemes of work. 

What age group is it for? 

OCC was initially designed for KS2 but the themes, interactive content, and air quality activity work well in Year 1+2 and KS3. It’s really effective in Special School settings too.

How does OCC clean the air in the classroom?

Basically we use space station science in your classroom.  Each algal bioreactor will start to clean the air in the classroom once it’s set up.  While this is process is used in space stations to clean the air and feed the crew this natural process is millions of years old.  In optimum conditions algae can photosynthesise at as much as 400 times the rate of trees.
Each science box comes with an air quality monitor for the classroom.  By measuring air quality pupils will learn about contributing factors to healthy air and explore how to improve it locally and on a global stage.

How effective is the bio-reactor? 

Each OCC classroom based bio-reactor will photosynthesise at the rate of a 10 year old oak tree.  And you won’t have to pick up any leaves!  Your OCC bio-reactor will turn CO2 to O2, remove Particulate Matter (PM) which is bad for lungs and bloodstream and reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which can effect your eyes, nose and throat and even liver and kidneys.

Can we have more than 2 bio-reactors? 

Yes you can!  It’s our vision to have one in every classroom in the UK.  Over time, you’ll be able to grow as many as you want from your very first pouch.  By harvesting one of your bio-reactors you’ll have all you need to start a new one.  All you need is a transparent container that can hold liquid.  We can send you some too if needed.

How do we Capture Carbon? 

Through photosynthesis the algae will ingest and retain the Carbon from the CO2 in your classroom.  These a algae farming guide included with ideas and experiment on how to harvest, measure, utilise, transform, and sequester the carbon.  There’s even an superfood cookbook!

What’s in the science box?

Everything you need to get started: 1 interactive air quality monitor 2x bioreactors, 1 pouch of live spirulina platensis (your algae), 1 ait pump, 1 pocket balance, 2x safety glasses, spirulina food, 1 centrifuge, plus the tubes and pipettes you need.

What if our algae dies? 

Spirulina are tough (after all they’ve been cleaning our air for billions of years), so if you follow the farming guide and feed and ensure they can breathe and harvest regularly then they’ll grow and grow.  They’ll also happily eat most accidental contaminants too.  That said if they did perish, we’ll simply send out a new pouch of spirulina at no extra cost to you.

Is there an exam once completed? 

There’s no exam but there are interactive knowledge checks throughout the units. Each classroom will receive a climate change classroom