Members of the Royal Society’s Vision Committee went back to school yesterday to meet with pupils from the Paddington Academy.

In a session full of lively debate, pupils challenged the Committee on a wide variety of issues to do with science and science education. Among the major concerns they drew the Committee’s attention to were the uncertainties of climate change, increased flooding, the recent destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, worldwide water shortages and the need for more attention to be given to science in news programmes.

While recognising that the future cannot be predicted, what emerged from the meeting was the pupils strong desire for all young people to be taught how to think for themselves and equipped with the skills needed to deal with these sorts of challenges and the wider uncertainties they face.

The visit is one of a number of activities the Vision Committee is undertaking to develop a long-term vision for science and mathematics education.