Results for "environment" (67)

Getting started with Greenfoot

Greenfoot is visual programming environment in which you create and program 'actors' which live in 'worlds' to build games, simulations, and other graphical programs.It’s designed to make learning about object orientation concepts easy and fun, but you don’t need to look at these concepts in detail to make great programs.Who is Greenfoot for?It can be used...

Educating the next generation: my STEM Ambassador experience

I have been a STEM Ambassador for over twenty five years and have enjoyed every single minute of it. In 2017, I was awarded and MBE for my outreach work, which was a huge shock and surprise to me. Even though I have retired from fulltime employment, it does not mean that my passion for engaging with school pupils and others has stopped; it is...

RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch

We all know something about birds. We see them almost everywhere we go and we can all recognise some of the ones we see. We may also recognise some birds by their many and varied songs, often lovely sounds that brighten our day.Birds are also an excellent indicator of the health of the environment. A knowledge of the interactions of birds and their habitats...

Plant adaptation circus

We have a fair amount of plants in our lab due to one of our technicians having green fingers. If you don’t have any or are looking to get more, then SAPS gives great advice on some essentials to have in the lab, and some others that will enrich the curriculum. For us it is largely been a resource that has built up over time, with a few new plants brought...

Reversing climate change with the HEDRA project: designing the future home occupants

Climate change is happening. Unless we educate people from a young age, we have little chances of reversing the current climatic trend and ensure resilience in the future. It is important to provide simple and easy-to-do actions for everyone to take, that can reduce the impact we have on the environment with an immediate effect.The HEDRA (Home Energy Demand...

Teaching evolution in primary schools

The teaching of evolution at Key Stage 2 is a much talked about topic amongst the teaching profession. Apart from the cultural and religious perspective of many families, it is a topic that is also appears at first simple but is actually quite complex and open to misinterpretation.So teaching it at primary level raises many questions…There are those...

Hands-on programming with robots

In this, the first of a series on educational robot technologies, Computing and Technology Specialist Dave Gibbs discusses Lego systems for primary and secondary school learners.I have yet to find a child who doesn’t get excited upon hearing the word ‘Lego’, although I am told they do exist. For an educator, bringing out Lego often results in immediate...

Valentine’s Day science lesson planning Ideas

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, no doubt many of you will be looking for ideas to link your class activity with a day that may be on many of your students' minds.  In our video, Mark Langley, one of the Professional Development Leaders at the National Science Learning Centre demonstrates how to make soft-centred chocolates, using enzymes, which...

Why I love Chicks with Bricks

Today the wonderfully named ‘Chicks with Bricks’ – a group celebrating women in construction roles and industries – are having a celebration event.Unfortunately I can’t make it this time but I went to one not so long ago, meeting a vast range of women, and men, working on major and not so major projects, and all with great stories to tell. It was a...

Learning outside the classroom

Building a den is something involving creativity, problem solving and teamwork and think of the stories and drama activities that could take place once your den is built!Working with children outside the classroom, we often see a different side to them. We all know that children learn best when happy and in a positive stimulating environment and being...

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