UCL-led project lets Genie out of bottle

30 April 2010

Professor Hugh Montgomery

A unique UCL-led project to inform young people about climate change will see the world premiere of a short film in London on 6 May.

The Genie in the Bottle is an animated version of an illustrated children's story by Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Clinical Physiology).

The film, narrated by actor Tom Baker, tells the story of an old man explaining the fate of a once beautiful planet to his grandchild.

Professor Montgomery and the film's director, Dr Jack Kreindler, run Project Genie – a ground-breaking initiative for primary school teachers and their pupils.

The project, which has been six years in the making, has been piloted in over 140 UK schools and reached thousands of children.

Click below to watch the trailer for The Genie in the Bottle

The project has been developed by scientists, authors, artists, designers, technologists and teachers.

Schools that sign up receive a starter pack of materials which use The Genie in the Bottle story to explain the science of climate change.

In addition to the film and the story (available as a printable PDF), teachers receive a textbook, lesson plans, and an electronic device to measure and encourage energy saving.

Project Genie, which is underpinned by science from the UCL Environment Institute and the Met Office, is scheduled to roll out across the UK this year.

Professor Montgomery has won awards for his children's books, which include The Voyage of the Arctic Tern and Cloudsailors.

For more information about Project Genie follow the link above.

Image: Professor Hugh Montgomery


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