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Browse teaching resources that explore the topics of our videos. All of these resources have been reviewed and approved by secondary science teachers.

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 explore the climate history of Mars
Tuesday 11th Feb 2020, 09.00am

Using your science to explore the climate history of Mars

Mars today is colder than Antarctica and drier than the Sahara — but scratch just beneath its dusty red coating and tales of a different planet emerge. The young Mars of three billion years ago was an Earth-like place of rain, rivers, and perhaps even oceans. Though long-gone, the rocks remember...

In these resources, students can explore how the science they learn at school can be applied to real life research questions, in this case about the possible watery past of Mars. In these lessons students will test for carbontes (KS3/ages 11-14), make soluble salts (KS4/ages 14-16) and apply Le Châtelier’s Principle to atmospheric conditions on early Mars (KS5/ages 17-18).
KS3 (UK) ages 11-14 - Carbonate Conundrum
KS4 (UK) ages 14-16 - Mars Rocks
KS5 (UK) ages 17-18 - Equilibrium on Mars
In this activity students are asked to design a chemical test that could be used to see if a rock from Mars contains carbonates. In doing so they learn about the acid-carbonate reaction and how to carry out gas tests.
This activity is a suggestion about how a GCSE required practical (making a soluble salt) can be incorporated into a real-life context. Students will explore how the reaction between metal oxides and acids create salts, before applying this to a reaction that may have happened in Martian lakes billions of years ago.
In this activity students carry out an investigation using Le Châtelier’s principle before applying this to explaining how changes in atmospheric conditions on early Mars would have affected the equilibrium of reactions happening in the lakes on its surface.