GCSE Science  - Societal importance of science
This lesson supports students to develop the 'societal importance of science' component of working scientifically for GCSE. It is based on current research being conducted by Exeter University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

Having made their discovery that microplastics affect zooplankton feeding and that this could have devastating environmental consequences, the question is, what changes do they want to see, and who should make them?

This full lesson includes:
Lesson Overview & Teacher Guidance
Slideshow 7 How can you make sure your discoveries have an impact?
Student Sheet 7a Reducing the impacts of microplastics
Student Sheet 7b Communication ideas
Student Sheet 7c Impact plan
Student Sheet 7d SMART targets

This is Lesson 7 of 7 in the Plankton, Plastics and Poo unit of work, which is based on current research being conducted at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The unit consists of enquiry-based lessons which support students to work scientifically by simulating the researchers’ investigations, and encourages students to the use their findings to have a wider impact.

The resource uses innovative methods to bring cutting edge science to the classroom, including:
- Using real field and laboratory data.
- Practical investigations that replicate the work of the scientists.
- Using social media to connect with the scientists.
- The opportunity to connect with scientists through Skype in the classroom events.

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  • PPP---Lesson-7---Lesson-overview---teacher-guidance---How-can-you-make-sure-your-discoveries-have-an-impact.pdf
  • PPP---Student-Sheet-7a---Reducing-the-impact-of-microplastics.pdf
  • PPP---Student-Sheet-7b---Communication-ideas.pdf
  • PPP---Student-Sheet-7c---Impact-plan.pdf
  • PPP---Student-Sheet-7d---SMART-targets.pdf
  • PPP---Slideshow-7---How-can-you-make-sure-your-discoveries-have-an-impact.pdf

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Created: Jun 9, 2016

Updated: Mar 6, 2019

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