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Life in Our Solar System

Life in the extremesMicrobes can survive in the most hostile and inhospitable environments. Might similar places in our solar system be able to support them too?

Why are scientists interested in Mars?Why are scientists interested in Mars? Four scientists talk about why they are interested in the red...

Life and the Universe

This video features a panel discussion with space scientist, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, the cosmologist, Carlos Frenk, and the science fiction novelist, Adam Roberts. They discuss the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe and ask the question “Are we alone in the cosmos?”. They explore ideas such as the number...

Learning Outside the Classroom

Part of the Great Lesson Ideas series, this Teachers TV video looks at how secondary science topics can be taught away from the classroom. It shows at ideas for three great day visits.

These include:

• The Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, in Cornwall, to learn about satellites, space and...

Landing on a comet

Produced by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, this booklet uses the context of the Rosetta mission to develop students understanding of weight, mass and gravity. Included is an online video that introduces the Rosetta mission and discusses its significance. Questions and answers are included that test a student’s...

Kittinger: First Man in Space

This film, from Twig World, tells the story of Joe Kittinger who made the first journey beyond Earth's atmosphere.

The key points made in the film are:

•Project Excelsior III was the American Air Force’s mission to test high altitude bailouts.

•As part of this mission Colonel Joe Kittinger...

Key Stage Three: Space Science

These resources from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) cover the QCA Key Stage Three unit of work 7L 'The Solar System and beyond' through an 'ideas and evidence' approach. It is a unique opportunity to use contemporary information and images.

Each lesson is designed to last an hour, but...

Key Stage Three Schemes of Work - Science

A scheme of work produced as optional guidance from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) to support the teaching of science at Key Stage Three (students aged 11-14), and intended to cover all the requirements of the 2000 National Curriculum programme of study.

Context...

Kennet School

This activity explores the pros and cons of a mission to Mars. The lesson requires students to evaluate evidence and to consider the wider impacts of a manned mission to Mars. The lesson begins with a starter activity to gauge the opinions of the students about a manned mission to Mars. In the main activity,...

Is There Life In There?

All life forms on Earth are based on organic biochemistry. This activity requires students to analyse an unknown soil sample (just recovered from a space mission to another planet!) and look for signs of possible indicators for life. Curriculum areas covered: • Cell biology • Food tests, including starch, sugar,...

Is There Anyone Out There?

This resource was funded by the UK Space Agency and developed by ESERO-UK and CIEC Promoting Science. It is based upon the quest to discover more about the solar system through space projects such as the European Space Agency’s Aurora programme, and NASA’s Curiosity mission seeking to gather evidence of life on the...

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