Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.
are there aliens
Life began on the Earth around 3.5 billion years ago. Could life have evolved on other planets and if so where are they? Astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich explain how we might detect them in this video.
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In this practical activity, students investigate magnetic materials, attraction and repulsion and make a magnetic compass. Accompanies the video ‘Seeing The Invisible’.
Formation of the Solar System
A classroom activity in which students learn about the main steps in the formation of our Solar System by completing a crossword and creating their own comic strip.
The Sword and the Rose (M42) © Marcus Davies, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Deep Space Commended 2010
This classroom activity helps students grasp the various sizes of planets in our Solar System using mostly fruit and can be joined with activity demonstrated in the 'Solar System in a Box' video.
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We know about the planets, moons and space rocks that make up our Solar System. But where did it all come from?
In this practical activity, students investigate the effect of light on the size of the pupils in our eyes and learn about how we see objects that give off their own light and those that don’t. Accompanies the video ‘Seeing The Invisible’.
Our Universe began 13.8 billion years ago and it has been expanding ever since. Is it destined to expand forever or will it suffer a more crushing end? Astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich explain the fate of the Universe in this video.
An outdoor experiment in which students observe, record, and explain why their shadows change throughout the day.
looking for jupiter
In this video, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers Radmila and Brendan use a free computer program called Stellarium to find out where the planet Jupiter is in the night sky. They show how you can take a picture of it using a smartphone camera, what you can see through large binoculars and what details a large telescope can reveal.
Meteorites are bits of space rock from the asteroid belt. Some are magnetic. This activity accompanies the video 'Space Rocks'.