Teaching overview

Learning points

  • 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.

Curriculum keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Agriculture
  • Water
  • 3D printing
  • STEM

Video viewing guide

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Spark a discussion

Biodiversity Report

  • 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?

Changing Desert

  • 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?

Unbreakable Guitar

  • 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?

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