This document provides activities to support the study of everyday phenomena and encourage students to take the first steps towards constructing a scientific model. The activities help students understand the apparent movement of the Sun, the length of daylight and its changes in the course of the seasons, the rotation of the Earth on its axis, the solar system and the universe.
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In this activity, the principle of moments is applied to rotating systems to demonstrate the concept of a barycenter, or center of mass, and how objects in orbit around each other move. Students then consolidate this concept by calculating the centre of mass in a number of astronomical contexts.
In this video Rebecca Barnes discovers the motions of the stars, learns how astronomers measure their distances and looks at the new European mission that will really get to grips with our place in the Universe.
In this video, Rebecca Barnes continues to journey through our local celestial neighbourhood leading us to the small bodies of the Solar System. We'll investigate comets and asteroids, and find out about Europe's pioneering missions launched to explore them.
Students will work together to build a cloud chamber, a special box designed to detect charged particles and radiation. They will analyse the alpha and beta radioactive decay of thorium-232 and look for charged particles arriving on Earth from space. In a cloud chamber, charged particles leave condensation trails as they pass through. Students will learn to identify the initial particle based on how a trail looks. This demonstration will assist students in their understanding of radioactive decay by providing a real physical demonstration. It will also look at the real-life positive and negative effects of radiation on spacecraft.
In this lesson, students will explore convection using classroom experiments on Earth and then compare the results with the results of the same experiment in the microgravity environment onbaord the International Space Station.
Teachers and students simulate a comet nucleus in the classroom. The ingredients used accurately represent an analogue of the material found in a real comet nucleus, as discovered using spectroscopy combined with the results from spacecraft flybys of various comets. Analyzing these ingredients can provide information about the conditions of the early solar system as well as the influence of comets on the evolution of Earth.
Students become aware that the majority of the Earth's surface is covered by water. They will also understand that water can exist in three states. Teacher Notes for the activity are in the database as a separate resource.
Students become aware that the majority of the Earth's surface is covered by water. They will also understand that water can exist in three states. The student pages for the activity are in the database as a separate resource.
In this video, Rebecca Barnes takes a look at the Earth's Moon and Titan, two very different natural satellites in our Solar System, and finds out about the two ESA missions that have explored them.
In this video Rebecca Barnes continues to journey through the wonders of modern astronomy bringing us closer to home as we begin to explore the solar system. We'll discover the scale and structure of the solar system, find out why we explore it and introduce the European missions launched on a quest to further investigate our local celestial neighborhood.
Students identify words which belong to the same family and understand the concept of an extended word family. Teacher Notes for the activity are in the database as a separate resource.
Students identify words which belong to the same family and understand the concept of an extended word family. The student pages for the activity are in the database as a separate resource.
In this video, Rebecca Barnes investigates the infrared Universe, explores discoveries made by ground-breaking infrared space telescopes, and takes a look at Herschel - ESA's pioneering infrared space telescope.
Students understand which universes have been explored by man and recognize various instruments of exploration. Teacher Notes for the activity are in the database as a separate resource.