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From Cradle to Grave: Product Lifecycles

This resource challenges students to produce a life-cycle assessment for a mobile phone and its packaging, and then to suggest improvements to the design and materials in order to reduce its impact on the environment. Students assess materials acquisition, materials processing and manufacturing. The resource also...

Plastics in the Oceans and Tracking Satellites

A podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Scientists recently found plastics floating in some of the most remote and inaccessible seas in the world, just off the coast of Antarctica. Although it clearly looks ugly in such a pristine environment,...

Arctic Expedition Special

In this podcast from the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) Planet Earth Online collection, Richard Hollingham reports from an unusual and somewhat cold location - onboard the British Antarctic Survey's RRS James Clark Ross which was stuck in the ice for two weeks 1000 kilometres from the North Pole. He...

Antarctica, Wild Geese and Ash Plumes

A podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Richard Hollingham finds out that the freezing seas around Antarctica are not barren and lifeless. The Census of Marine Life is building up a picture of the richness and diversity of life in the world's oceans and...

Noisy Coral Reefs, Melting Ice Sheets and Whale Speak

In this podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Richard Hollingham hears how the underwater world isn't the soundless place often imagined. From chirping, gurgling and snapping sounds from busy coral reefs to clicking sperm whales, scientists are finding...

Modems unplugged - sound representation

All data on computers is stored and transmitted using the binary number system. When the binary digits need to be sent over the phone lines (which often happens in home internet connections), the digits are converted to sound and decoded at the other end using a modem. This activity uses audio coding similar...

Animals, including humans: healthy animals

This resource provides a selection of lesson plans, worksheets and teachers notes relating to animals including humans at Year Two. They include activities for discussing the stage of the human lifecycle, thinking about how children have changed since they were babies and finding out about the lifecycles of other...

Crazy Character Algorithms Activity: an Introduction to Sequences of Instructions

Children in lower primary settings can create their first algorithm using this Barefoot Computing unplugged computing activity. A picture of a 'crazy character' is decomposed into simple shapes. The instructions for drawing it are shared with the class who follow and attempt to reconstruct the picture. This...

Introduction to sound and music computing

A highly technical overview of how sound is represented in a computer, how digitising sound changes the quality of it and how reducing the sample rates can effect the resulting audio. The resource also comes with a number of sound samples to illustrate these concepts, along with both Python and Scratch programs to...

Nocturnal Animals (Age 5-7)

Produced by ARKive, this hands-on activity is designed to teach 5-7 year olds about nocturnal animals and the senses they employ to navigate life in the dark. Humans rely heavily upon the sense of sight and these activities explore the ways other animals have become adapted to life where and when light is less...

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