Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Researchers have developed a technique that makes pieces of metal float in water. This technique could eventually be used to create boats that never sink.
  • Scientists who discovered six new species of ant have created an augmented reality app to allow people anywhere in the world to examine the specimens.
  • BRUIE is an underwater rover designed to explore the ice-covered oceans of Jupiter’s moon, Europa. NASA is now testing the rover in Antarctica.

Curriculum keywords

  • Materials
  • STEM
  • Augmented reality
  • Animals
  • Space

Video viewing guide

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Spark a discussion

Metal That Never Sinks

  • What does superhydrophobic mean?
  • How do the pieces of metal trap air?
  • Can you think of any other uses for the floating metal pieces?

App for Examining Ants

  • What is augmented reality?
  • Why did the scientists decide to create an augmented reality app?
  • Have you ever used augmented reality? What was it like?

Underwater Rover

  • How does BRUIE’s design make it suited to exploring ice-covered oceans?
  • Why is NASA testing BRUIE in Antarctica?
  • If there are living things on Europa, what do you think they might be like? Why?

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