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Seabird monitoring - witnesses in the wild
Thursday 1st Oct 2020, 10.30am

Seabird monitoring - witnesses in the wild

Seabirds – including penguins – are amongst the most threatened animals on the planet. They are also very useful indicators of wider environmental change. But how do you effectively monitor species which live in hard-to-reach places, such as Antarctica? A team of scientists at...

These resources, inspired by the Penguin Watch and Seabird research projects include: making foodwebs (KS3), counting penguins and think about uncertainty in data (KS4), playing the role of a penguinologists studying penguin populations to write recommendations for policy (KS4), and evaluating conflicting evidence and making recommendations (KS5).
KS3 - Antarctic Relationhips
KS4 - Penguin Counting
KS4 - Penguin Populations
KS5 - Conflict Case Study
In this activity, students use information about Antarctic organisms to build a food web, and then use this to work out how changes to other populations could affect the chinstrap penguin population.
In this activity, students take part in a simulated version of the project by studying images taken by the cameras to learn about why we repeat measurements in science, and what calculating uncertainty can tell us about data quality.
In this activity, students plot data that shows the change in population of two penguin species living on the same Antarctic island. They then use different sources of information, including a food web, to decide possible hypotheses for the changes in each species’ population and use this to write recommendations to policy makers on what they should be doing to protect the Antarctic.
In this activity, students explore a group of islands in the Southern Atlantic Ocean (South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands), which are a habitat to major populations of seabirds and marine mammals but are particularly sensitive to fishing, climate change and other human disturbances. They evaluate conflicting evidence to decide if policy makers should extend the Marine Protected Area (MPA) around the islands.
Using your science to reveal how much rain fell on the dinosaurs
Tuesday 11th Feb 2020, 09.00am

Using your science to reveal how much rain fell on the dinosaurs

During the Cretaceous period (145 to 66 million years ago), the world was very different! It was hotter, with more rainfall, and dinosaurs would have roamed the lush wetlands and forests that existed in the UK....

Using these resources - created in collaboration with University of Oxford scientists - students can explore how the science they learn at school can be applied to real life research questions. This set of resources focuses on the work of Ricky Sengupta, a palaeo-climatologist who investigates past rainfall patterns. In these lessons, students will explore the adaptations of plants and animals to their environment (KS2/ages 7-11), learn about isotopes and the structure of the atom (KS3/ages 11-14), and take a deeper dive into how isotopes can help us to explore our planet's past (KS5/ages 17-18).
KS2 (UK) ages 7-11 - Rainfall Now and Then
KS3 (UK) ages 11-14 - Heavy Water
KS5 (UK) ages 17-18 - Isotopes
In this lesson, students will follow Ricky, a researcher, to learn about how our planet’s climate has changed over time and explore the features that make plants and animals well-adapted to their environment.
In this lesson, students will learn about isotopes, subatomic particles and the structure of the atom, linking it to concepts of weight and density.
In this lesson, students will take an in-depth dive into the techniques used by researchers to make new discoveries and learn about how isotopes can tell us about the history of our planet’s climate.