Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Dr Linda Wang has developed a method for turning a type of plastic waste into useful products, like fuels.
  • Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 has collected rock samples from an asteroid named Ryugu.
  • A full-size, self-driving bus is being tested in Singapore. Computer-controlled sensors and cameras help it to move around safely.

Curriculum keywords

  • Environment
  • Space
  • Driverless transport
  • STEM

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Plastic Waste into Fuel

  • What has Dr Linda Wang invented?
  • How else can we reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the environment?
  • Dr Wang was inspired to invent the new technology after learning about the impact of plastic waste on the world’s oceans. Which environmental problem would you most like to tackle, and how would you do it?

Asteroid Samples

  • Why do you think the Japanese Space Agency decided to explore an asteroid?
  • Hayabusa-2 shot a piece of metal into Ryugu and caught the pieces of rock that were thrown up. Can you think of any other ways Hayabusa-2 could have collected the rock samples?
  • Some asteroids contain valuable materials, such as gold, silver and iron – and several companies are looking for ways to mine and sell them. Do you think mining asteroids is a good idea? Why or why not?

Self-Driving Bus

  • How is the bus able to move around corners and obstacles without a driver?
  • Smaller self-driving buses are already used in cities across the world. What advantages and disadvantages might this full-size self-driving bus have?
  • Would you like to go to school on a self-driving bus? Why or why not?

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