- The biggest ever report on global biodiversity has highlighted how human activity is reducing the variety of living things on Earth. It suggests several solutions, such as farming methods that protect wild animals.
- Satellite images of fields in the Egyptian desert are helping scientists to track land and water use. The fields are watered with fossil water from deep underground.
- Swedish engineers have used additive manufacturing – also known as 3D printing – to create what they say is an unbreakable guitar.
- 3D printing
Video viewing guide
This graphic organiser supports your students to capture their thoughts and questions as they watch the news update.
Spark a discussion
- What does biodiversity mean?
- Why do you think biodiversity is important?
- Can you think of some ways you could help to protect or increase biodiversity in your local environment?
- What do the satellite images show?
- Why do you think the fields are watered with fossil water from deep underground?
- What other changes could we track using satellite images?
- Why did the engineers use additive manufacturing, instead of shaping the guitar by hand?
- Why do you think the engineer wore goggles when he was testing the guitar by hitting it against different objects?
- If you could use additive manufacturing to create an object, what would you make?
Use these resources to get the most out of the news update and engage your class in topical science!