Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Scientists are sending spider-like robots to explore the surface of the Moon and map the inside of volcanic lava tunnels.
  • COVID-19 lockdown restrictions saw global carbon dioxide emissions decrease by 7% last year. Now, experts hope emissions can continue to fall if we alter our behaviour in certain ways.
  • A pair of baby golden lion tamarins have been raised by zookeepers in New Zealand, before being reintroduced to their parents.

Curriculum keywords

  • Robotics
  • Space
  • Climate Change
  • Covid 19
  • Conservation
  • Nature

Video viewing guide

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Spark a discussion

Robot Spiders

  • The Moon used to be home to active volcanoes, does this surprise you?
  • Why do you think the lunar exploration robots have a similar design to spiders?
  • Can you think of any other machines that take inspiration from animals?

Carbon Emissions Drop

  • Why did carbon emissions fall last year?
  • Can you think of a way your life changed in the last year that may have reduced your carbon emissions?
  • Do you think carbon emissions will continue to fall this year, or start to increase again?

Golden Lion Tamarins

  • Where do golden lion tamarins usually live in the wild?
  • What have zookeepers been doing to help look after the baby tamarins?
  • Do you think being a zoo keeper sounds like an interesting job?

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