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Taking the pulse of the planet

This resource from the European Space Agency climate change resource pack provides information gathered from the electromagnetic spectrum which is used to monitor and measure changes in the Earth’s climate system. Resources focus upon how satellite instruments orbiting the Earth detect data from the visible light,...

Arctic sea ice and climate change

This resource from the European Space Agency climate change resource pack provides background information on the role of Arctic sea ice upon the Earth’s climate system. All activities are set in the context of the Northwest Passage. Changes in the amount of sea ice can disrupt normal ocean circulation, leading to...

Engineering our existence

These resources explore how different indigenous populations have used engineering to allow them to live in extreme environments and what we can learn from these solutions. They also explore some modern engineering solutions to living in extreme environments.

The engineering our existence STEM resources are...

Product impacts: life cycle analysis

Produced by Practical Action, these materials help students to consider the impacts of a product through its whole life cycle. A presentation describes the concept of lifecycle analysis (LCA) and gives some examples. Students are then challenged to consider the life cycle of familiar products, from raw materials,...

Who's responsible

This 30 minute activity encourages pupils to consider who is responsible for ensuring we achieve the Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs).

Design for a better world

Design for a better world is a design challenge for students aged 11-14 years. It offers students the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the global goals for sustainable development.
  • Access a range of global contexts including water and sanitation, food security and climate action in which to...

Lesson 7 - Negative numbers under the sea

In this resource students are asked to help a team of scientists to investigate Lexington Seamount, a newly named underwater volcano located in the Coral Sea, off of Australia's east coast.

Using multibeam mapping technology, scientists have been able to produce maps of extinct underwater volcanoes that have...

Lesson 6 - Hotspot Migration activity

In this resource students are asked to measure the distances between the seamounts and reefs on a map, convert their readings into kilometres, and plot the data on a graph to calculate the speed of the Australian plate.

The materials contain a detailed presentation, student worksheets and solutions.

Lesson 4 - Estimation

This resource contains footage of a large dolphin pod, and asks students to use and justify their own assumptions in order to estimate how many dolphins are in the pod. 

The presentation also includes details of the wildlife seen in the video, a brief quiz and prompts for a discussion about rounding length...

What is the role of a designer?

In this resource a presentation and linked activities provide design and technology teachers with opportunities to highlight the different values and beliefs that designers may hold. Students can engage in exploring their own values about the responsibilities of designers and companies too. The presentation ...

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