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The Future of Programmable Systems

In this activity, students explore how programmable systems will develop in the future. Students are required to be able to recognise user needs that could be met by a programmable system and to use an annotated sketch to design a programmable system that will meet a specific user need.

As technology...

Danger: Volcanic Ash

This film, from Twig World, looks at why hundreds of planes were grounded by volcanic ash when a volcano in Iceland erupted in 2010, and how dangerous a volcanic ash cloud can be.

The key points made in the film are:

•In March 2010, the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland grounded commercial...

FactPack: Extreme Eruptions

This film, from Twig World, reveals some of the most active, and the most potentially devastating, volcanoes on Earth.

The key points made in the film are:

•Nevado Del Ruiz in Colombia erupted in 1985, causing mudslides that killed 25,000 people. •Stromboli, Italy, is one of the world's most active...

Kilauea - the Island Maker

Volcanoes are infamously destructive, but they can also be a constructive force. This film, from Twig World, looks at how Mt. Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, helped create the islands of Hawaii millions of years ago.

The key points made in the film are:

•Mount Kilauea in Hawaii is the world...

The Last Day of Pompeii

This film, from Twig World, looks at the eruption of Mount Vesuvius which devastated Pompeii, encasing the whole city in ash for nearly 1500 years.

The key points made in the film are:

•On 24 August 79 AD, the inactive Mount Vesuvius erupted, sending molten rock 15km into the sky. •Four billion...

Volcanoes: LEDC Response

This film, from Twig World, looks at disaster response in less developed countries. In 2002, the Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo erupted. As a Less Economically Developed Country (LEDC), the Democratic Republic of the Congo was unprepared and less able to mount an effective response to...

Predicting Volcanic Eruptions

This film, from Twig World, looks at how scientists can predict volcanic activity using seismology to monitor lava patterns deep underground.

The key points made in the film are:

•Scientists use seismology to predict an eruption. •A "long-period event" involves pressure slowly building up before an...

Volcanoes: MEDC Response

This film, from Twig World, looks at disaster response in developed countries. In the Spring of 1980, the Mount St Helens Volcano in Washington State erupted in one of the most violent events in recorded history. But a human catastrophe was prevented due to the More Economically Developed Country's (MEDC) capacity...

What is a Volcano?

This film, from Twig World, looks at the cycle of lava as a destructive and constructive force, building the structure of volcanoes and powering their devastating impact.

The key points made in the film are:

•Volcanoes are landforms that occur along plate boundaries. •Volcanoes consist of a magma...

Yellowstone: Supervolcano

This film, from Twig World, looks at the super volcano which lies beneath Yellowstone National Park. The film explores why we can't we see it and whether it ever erupt.

The key points made in the film include:

•Yellowstone National Park sits on a supervolcano. •Yellowstone boasts hydrothermal...

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