Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Scientists in the Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, are using honey from different hives to measure the types and amounts of pollutants in different areas of the city.
  • Researchers have been inspired by origami to design a new kind of robot gripper which can pick up a wide range of objects.
  • Rare Amur leopard cubs have been born at a zoo in Connecticut as part of attempts to save the species. In the wild, Amur leopards are hunted for their thick fur.

Curriculum keywords

  • Pollution
  • Insects
  • Robotics
  • STEM
  • Conservation

Video viewing guide

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Spark a discussion

Monitoring Pollutants

  • Why do you think it’s important to know the amounts and types of pollutants in an area?
  • What kinds of places do you think have the most pollutants? Why?
  • What are some other ways that bees help humans?

Origami Gripper

  • Why is it an advantage that the gripper can lift such a wide range of objects – light and heavy, small and big?
  • What similarities and differences are there between your hand and the origami gripper?
  • If you were designing a robot gripper, what would it be like?

Leopard Cubs

  • Why are wild Amur leopards so rare?
  • Do you think breeding Amur leopards in captivity – for example, in zoos – is a good idea? Why or why not?
  • What names would you give the cubs?

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