Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Scientists plan to use a special x-ray scanner to try to find out what’s written on ancient Roman scrolls.
  • Researchers have discovered that a huge area of mangrove forest in northern Australia has been killed. They believe that extreme heat, drought and storms are to blame.
  • The Stratollite is a huge, helium-filled balloon that could act as a cheaper alternative to satellites in some situations – for example, monitoring weather and natural disasters.

Curriculum keywords

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Conservation
  • Space
  • Weather
  • STEM

Video viewing guide

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Spark a discussion

Ancient Scrolls

  • How do scientists plan to find out what’s written on the ancient Roman scrolls?
  • Why can’t the scrolls be unrolled?
  • What do you think we might learn from reading the scrolls?

Mangrove Forests

  • How did the researchers discover that huge areas of mangrove forest had been killed?
  • Why do you think extreme heat and drought killed some of the mangrove trees?
  • What impact might the loss of mangrove forest have on plants, animals and the coastline?

High-Tech Balloon

  • What is the Stratollite, and how does it work?
  • What advantages and disadvantages might the Stratollite have compared to a satellite?
  • Imagine you’re taking a ride on the Stratollite! What would the experience be like?

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