Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Malaysia’s last remaining Sumatran rhino has died. Sumatran rhinos are critically endangered due to threats such as hunting and habitat destruction.
  • In order to provide global internet access, SpaceX has begun launching 12,000 satellites into orbit around the Earth. However, astronomers have warned that the project is having a negative impact on their work.
  • A designer has developed an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic. MarinaTex is made from fish waste and can be composted at home.

Curriculum keywords

  • Animals
  • Conservation
  • Astronomy
  • Communication
  • Waste
  • Design

Video viewing guide

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Spark a discussion

Sumatran Rhinos

  • Why are Sumatran rhinos critically endangered?
  • Do you think it’s a good idea to keep Sumatran rhinos in sanctuaries, instead of leaving them in the wild? Why or why not?
  • Do you know of any other endangered animals? What threats do they face?

Satellite Concerns

  • What do astronomers study?
  • Why are astronomers concerned about Starlink?
  • Do you think the Starlink project is a good idea? Why or why not?

Fish Waste Plastic

  • What is MarinaTex?
  • How is MarinaTex similar to, and different from, plastic?
  • Can you think of other ways waste can be used to make something new?

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