Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Bumblebees have solved a complex puzzle using social learning
  • Coral reefs in Indonesia have been restored using reef stars
  • Virtual Reality headsets are being used to improve the mental wellbeing of astronauts

Curriculum keywords

  • bumblebees
  • coral reefs
  • virtual reality

This Week's Kahoot Quiz

Each week we'll be bringing you a free quiz that you can use with your students after they've enjoyed the episode.

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Spark a discussion


  • How did the untrained bumblebees solve the puzzle?
  • Can you think of an example where you used social learning to pick up a new skill?
  • How might social learning help animals in the wild?

Coral Reefs

  • What are some threats that can damage coral reefs?
  • How did this project restore the damaged coral reefs?
  • What are some other ways we can protect coral reefs?

Virtual Reality in Space

  • How is virtual reality being used to help the mental wellbeing of astronauts?
  • What do the virtual reality headsets show?
  • What do you think it would be like to live aboard the International Space Station?

Classroom Resources

Use these resources to get the most out of the news update and engage your class in topical science!

Twig Science: A Complete Pre-K–8 Program for the NGSS

Immersive Investigations with High-Quality Multimedia

  • Investigating, designing, building, and understanding phenomena
  • Hands-on, digital, video, and print investigations
  • Synchronous/asynchronous distance learning