Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Slow-motion videos have revealed how flies are able to land upside down. This could help us to develop drones and robots with the same abilities.
  • KAIKU is a system that transforms vegetable and fruit peel into colourful powders that can be mixed with paint or used as dyes.
  • Researchers have taught rats to drive tiny cars. They found that rats' brains are good at responding to new challenges, and that learning the new skill seemed to make the rats more relaxed.

Curriculum keywords

  • Animals
  • Adaptation
  • STEM
  • Food waste
  • Design

Video viewing guide

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Spark a discussion

Landing Upside Down

  • Why might it be useful for drones to be able to land upside down?
  • Why do you think the researchers used slow-motion video to record the flies?
  • If you could use slow-motion video to record something, what would it be and why?

Colourful Food Waste

  • Why is it a problem when food waste goes to landfill?
  • What fruits or vegetables do you think would make the best colours? Why?
  • Can you think of other ways of reducing, or re-using, food waste?

Rats Learn to Drive

  • What did researchers discover about rats?
  • Why do you think the researchers gave the rats rewards as they were learning to drive?
  • What does this research make you wonder about rats, or other animals?

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