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Encounter Edu (formerly Digital Explorer) is where learning meets the world with a host of free STEM and global learning resources across the curriculum.
Biomes & Ecosystems #GoogleExpeditions
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Biomes & Ecosystems #GoogleExpeditions

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops student skills understanding of biomes and ecosystems. This introductory lesson introduces students to the main biomes around the planet, their features and locations. Further in-depth lessons on the different biomes are listed below. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. This is Google Expeditions Lesson is number 1 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below (links go to Google Docs versions of the lessons). Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems https://goo.gl/0eMtoz Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems: Tundra and Taiga https://goo.gl/L6cpjH Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems: Tropical Rainforest and Temperate Forests https://goo.gl/wGM97d Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems: Savannah and Desert https://goo.gl/sBrZzi
The Media: Representations and Stereotypes
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The Media: Representations and Stereotypes

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The Media is aimed at years 9-11, it examines how the media influences stereotyping and portrayal of ‘extremist’ countries. The lessons cover an introduction to the media, layout, fact and opinion as well as different writing techniques. These resources are based on the first-hand experiences of young people who participated in two expeditions in 2010, Journey to the UK and Journey to Pakistan. The young teams worked with artists, politicians, social entrepreneurs and other young people to build up a portrait of these countries beyond media stereotypes, through blogs, films and photos. Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources.
Science: Sustainable Fisheries
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Science: Sustainable Fisheries

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. This body of work is best suited for ages 11-4 and 14-16 years/ KS3/4. This is an enquiry-based scheme of work investigating the seas around the UK and EU. The lesson plans and activities cover why fish stocks are decreasing, the issues and impacts associated with overfishing, and marine ecosystems and sustainability. The activities examine different stakeholder views and use current data from the UN FAO, MMO and the new economics foundation.
Ocean Plastics Geography KS3 Unit
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Ocean Plastics Geography KS3 Unit

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Ocean Plastics Geography is a Key Stage 3 (KS3) resource developed in partnership between the Geographical Association and Encounter Edu. The lessons address the issue of marine plastic pollution, the harm caused by plastics to the environment and communities, how we deal with all the waste, ending with a debate on approaches to reducing ocean plastic pollution. Fieldwork templates for investigating plastics in the local area are included as well as a wealth of case studies exploring both the human and physical elements of plastic pollution. https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/ocean-plastics If you liked this resource, please rate and review below. This will help to promote oceans education in schools worldwide.
Submarine Science KS3: Forces shape investigation
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Submarine Science KS3: Forces shape investigation

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This is the first in a six lesson unit, Submarine Science KS3. This lesson is based on forces through a practical investigation to discover a suitable shape that can dive and rise at a speed safe enough for the scientists inside the submarine. Students develop their understanding of forces, surface area, and fair testing. This lesson is from the Submarine STEM Science 11-14 unit. You can access the unit here: https://encounteredu.com/teacher-resources/submarine-stem-science-ages-11-14 This unit is based on the real life submersible exploration of the XL Caitlin Deep Ocean Survey off Bermuda, the Sargasso Sea. It provides students the opportunity to apply science, engineering, and design principles. To experience the full impact of this scheme of work it can be taught in advance of our annual Submarine Live event. Live lessons can be booked for free here: https://encounteredu.com/live
Become an ocean explorer KS2 unit of work
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Become an ocean explorer KS2 unit of work

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. Our Ocean Planet is a full unit of work covering all aspects of the ocean across Key Stage 2. Each lesson is written with an ocean expert - scientist, advocate or explorer (great for STEM careers). Together they form a learning voyage around the world, discovering more about out ocean planet through core aspects of the science and geography programmes of study as well as developing numeracy and literacy skills. The unit works in two parts. First, students will explore the UK seas learning about the names and locations of marine places, marine habitats and the diversity of marine life, as well as the contribution of the sea to the UK economy. Students then go on a global ocean voyage to each of the main oceans, learning about diverse marine topics from the water cycle in the Arctic to evolution in the Southern Ocean and classification on coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. A full list of topics is below and the downloads include the unit booklet with lesson plans, student sheets, practical guidance and subject updates. Slideshows for each lesson are separate downloads. Mission 1: UK seas with Paul Rose Mission 2: UK marine habitats with Dr Susana Lincoln Mission 3: UK marine life with Dr Ceri Lewis & Dr Helen Findlay Mission 4: Using our seas with Jennifer Gomez Molina Mission 5: Our ocean voyage with Prof Alex Rogers Mission 6: The Arctic Ocean and water cycle with Prof Mark Brandon Mission 7: The Atlantic Ocean and climate with Prof Penny Holliday Mission 8: The Indian Ocean and classification with Sheena Talma Mission 9: The Pacific Ocean and plastic pollution with Jo Royle Mission 10: The Southern Ocean and penguin adaptation with Dr Norman Ratcliffe Mission 11: The Southern Ocean and penguin evolution with Dr Michael Dunn Mission 12: Captain’s log
Analytical Writing #GoogleExpeditions Lesson KS3 KS4
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Analytical Writing #GoogleExpeditions Lesson KS3 KS4

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops student skills in analysing creative writing. It uses a piece of creative writing about being at Everest Base Camp. Students can then use the Google Expedition of Mount Everest to analyse the author’s use of language to create tone and atmosphere. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/ To download Google Docs versions of the lesson plan and student sheet go to: https://goo.gl/vx4tOl
Sustainable Fisheries: Ages 8-11/ KS2
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Sustainable Fisheries: Ages 8-11/ KS2

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. The Sustainable Fisheries resources have been developed in partnership with nef (new economics foundation) and their work on fishing and fisheries policy. A scheme of work for Science or Geography, with lesson plans and activities. It covers fish as a food source, marine food webs and changes to them, commercial fishing methods and an introduction to sustainability. The activities are focused on the seas around the UK and EU. Includes the lesson booklet and all accompanying slideshows, images and activities
Coral Oceans: KS3: Coral reef adaptation and evolution
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Coral Oceans: KS3: Coral reef adaptation and evolution

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Different species have adapted to life on the coral reef in amazing and diverse ways. From sleeping in mucus bubbles, to flexible snakelike skeletons, life on the reef has had to find ingenious methods to find food and stay alive. The reef is also host to numerous examples of symbiosis and finding food and safety in the strangest of places, whether that be in a shark’s mouth or ‘vacuuming’ the sandy seabed. In this lesson, students are challenged to create the ultimate reef organism. This is a single lesson from the Coral Oceans Science KS3 unit. The lesson plans and accompanying activities are designed to introduce classes to what it is like to be an ocean explorer. Each lesson is designed around a ‘dive’ to investigate a particular science topic. These include identification, classification, food webs and symbiosis, adaptation and human impacts on the environment. The enquiry-based resources incorporate the scientists’ experiences and research, and enable students to explore marine life on the reef and the threats facing it. Access the other lessons in this unit here: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/coral-oceans-science-11-14
Computing KS3: Robotic cars
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Computing KS3: Robotic cars

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Computing KS3: Robotic cars is the first lesson of this unit and will introduce the concept of robotic and autonomous cars. In this lesson students will be challenges to build the mBot and get it moving with the remote control. Students will discuss what cities in the future will look like and think about the role that robots and autonomous vehicles will play. This is a single lesson fromt he Computing KS3 unit. Computing KS3 is a computing and robotics education programme based on driverless car technologies. Students will develop their ability to code as well as their design thinking as they tackle smart city challenges. Through a series of nine lessons, students will learn about aspects of making, programming and design thinking as they build and program their own robot cars. They will work in teams to tackle coding challenges based on the actual problems that engineers are faced with in designing autonomous vehicles. In a final design challenge, students will need to work on not only the technical aspects of driverless cars, but also how they can improve lives and create smarter and safer communities. All lesson resources are found here: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/code-smart-11-14
GCSE Science - Data handling
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GCSE Science - Data handling

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This lesson supports students to develop the ‘data handling’ component of working scientifically for GCSE. It is based on current research being conducted by Exeter University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. This lesson develops students’ skills in data handling and presentation. Having learnt about microplastics and zooplankton separately, the next two lessons sees students test the hypothesis that zooplankton eat microplastics. This full lesson includes: Lesson Overview & Teacher Guidance Slideshow 5 Do zooplankton eat microplastics? Student Sheet 5a Do zooplankton eat microplastics? (Practical) Student Sheet 5b Do zooplankton eat microplastics? (Data analysis) Activity Overview 5 Do zooplankton eat microplastics ? Answer Sheet for Student Sheet 5b This is Lesson 5 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. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
GCSE Science - Writing scientific conclusions
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GCSE Science - Writing scientific conclusions

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This lesson supports students to develop the ‘writing scientific conclusions’ component of working scientifically for GCSE. It is based on current research being conducted by Exeter University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. In this lesson, students return to their experiments and observe the gut contents of the brine shrimp, applying model conclusions to what they can see. Students develop their ability to write scientific conclusions using the secondary data from the research team. The lesson ends with students considering the implications of microplastics being consumed by zooplankton on a wide scale. This full lesson includes: Lesson Overview & Teacher Guidance Slideshow 6 Do Zooplankton eat microplastics? (Conclusions) Student Sheet 5a Do zooplankton eat microplastics? (Practical) Student Sheet 6a Model conclusions Student Sheet 6b Do zooplankton eat microplastics? (conclusions) Activity Overview/Technician Notes 5 Do zooplankton eat microplastics Answer Sheet for Student Sheet 6b This is Lesson 6 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. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
Balanced Forces: Submarines science KS1 KS2
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Balanced Forces: Submarines science KS1 KS2

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Submarine STEM 7-11 delivers a comprehensive scheme of work covering Materials, Forces and Living things and develops students’ ability to work scientifically. The unit is based on the exploratory submersible journeys undertaken as part of the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey off Bermuda, the Sargasso Sea (between Bermuda and Canada) and off Canada’s east coast. Using our exclusive galleries, videos and online 360 VR technology students are fully immersed in the deep ocean. Students will understand the scale and depth of the ocean, explore and investigate the creatures which inhabit this inhospitable environment and consider how forces and materials are integral to submersible design. Throughout the unit students plan, carry out and evaluate scientific investigations, culminating in an exciting DT challenge.
Coral Oceans: KS3: Sharing scientific findings
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Coral Oceans: KS3: Sharing scientific findings

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At the end of the expedition, teams create an expedition report to communicate their findings to a wider audience. This could take the form of a formal written report, a press release or a video. These outputs can be shared at an assembly, parents evening, with the local press and you can send a selection through to Encounter Edu (info@encounteredu.com) so that we can post them on our website. This is a single lesson fromt the Coral Oceans Science KS3 unit. The lesson plans and accompanying activities are designed to introduce classes to what it is like to be an ocean explorer. Each lesson is designed around a ‘dive’ to investigate a particular science topic. These include identification, classification, food webs and symbiosis, adaptation and human impacts on the environment. The enquiry-based resources incorporate the scientists’ experiences and research, and enable students to explore marine life on the reef and the threats facing it. Access the other lessons in this unit here: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/coral-oceans-science-11-14
Sound waves and the outer ear #GoogleExpeditions Science KS4
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Sound waves and the outer ear #GoogleExpeditions Science KS4

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops student skills in human anatomy. Journey inside the human ear to develop students’ in depth knowledge of human organs and the physics of waves. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. This is Google Expeditions Lesson is number 1 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below (links go to Google Docs versions of the lessons). Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: Auditory System – Sound waves & The Outer Ear https://goo.gl/y5jukV Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Auditory System – Middle & Inner Ear https://goo.gl/RbUlQs Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Auditory System – Ear & Balance https://goo.gl/xl5mJ3 Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Auditory System – Ear & Disease https://goo.gl/TKj9Om
Ventilation #GoogleExpeditions Science KS3 KS4
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Ventilation #GoogleExpeditions Science KS3 KS4

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops students’ understanding of human anatomy. This lesson continues the study of the respiratory system with a focus on the process of ventilation. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. This is Google Expeditions Lesson is number 3 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below. Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Lung Structure https://goo.gl/JY0DyB Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Gas exchange in the alveoli https://goo.gl/c5f0xR Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Ventilation https://goo.gl/6Rnenz Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Disease https://goo.gl/eDJXTf
Climate change: coral bleaching Geography Science KS2
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Climate change: coral bleaching Geography Science KS2

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops students’ understanding of environmental change. In this lesson students understand the impact of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere on the marine environment and in particular the coral ecosystem. High CO2 has two impacts on the ocean: warming and ocean acidification. This virtual field trip shows the impact of warming oceans in terms of coral bleaching. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/ To download Google Docs versions of the lesson plan go to: https://goo.gl/RhfeXy
Geography: Sustainable Fisheries
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Geography: Sustainable Fisheries

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. Aimed at ages 11-14 and 14-16/ KS3/4. An enquiry-based scheme of work investigating the seas around the UK and EU. The lesson plans and activities cover why fish stocks are decreasing, the issues and impacts associated with overfishing, and marine ecosystems and sustainability. The activities examine different stakeholder views and use current data from the UN FAO, MMO and the new economics foundation. Includes the lesson booklet and all accompanying slideshows and activities.
Climate and Energy KS4: The global atmospheric circulation model
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Climate and Energy KS4: The global atmospheric circulation model

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This is the first lesson in the eight lesson Global Climate and Renewable Energy unit for KS4 and GCSE. This lesson is an introduction to air pressure and weather systems and the impact they have on global weather. In this lesson students will learn about jet streams and the global atmospheric circulation model and how they affect the weather around the world. Students will be able to explain the global circulation atmospheric model through the use of either a drawing, a model or a physical display. The Global Climate and Renewable Energy unit provides a robust understanding of the latest findings promoting climate literacy, while being curriculum-aligned to GCSE exam body specifications, equipping students with the knowledge and skills to tackle challenges of the future. The unit and its associated activities and multimedia can also be accessed on the Encounter Edu website.
Submarine STEM KS2: How do you recover a submarine with levers and pulleys?
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Submarine STEM KS2: How do you recover a submarine with levers and pulleys?

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This is the sixth in a six lesson unit, Submarine STEM KS2. We reccomend that you take students on the journey of levers using both lesson five and six. Lesson six sees students develop their understanding of levers and pulleys and relates this to how cranes launch and recover submersibles. Students will continue to develop their crane, this time adding a lever or pulley system which will raise and lower their submarine model. This lesson is from the Submarine STEM 7-11 unit. You can access the unit here: https://encounteredu.com/teacher-resources/submarine-stem-science-ages-7-11 The unit enables students to explore materials, forces, and living things while working scientifically. The unit is based on real life submersible exploration of the XL Caitlin Deep Ocean Survey off Bermuda, the Sargasso Sea. To experience the full impact of this scheme of work it can be taught in advance of our annual Submarine Live event. Live lessons can be booked for free here: https://encounteredu.com/live