Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Engineers successfully launch the last test flight before sending tourists to space.
  • Scientists release data of over 5,000 rare and previously undiscovered species living at a potential deep sea mining site.
  • Engineers design an autonomous construction robot that can help build large-scale solar farms more than three times faster than current methods.

Curriculum keywords

  • Space
  • Deep Sea Mining
  • Robot

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

Space Tourism

  • Where will some tourists get the chance to visit for the first time soon?
  • Passengers will experience a few minutes of what during their journey?
  • Where else do you think space tourism could potentially take passengers?

Deep Sea Mining

  • What is deep sea mining?
  • What area of the ocean mentioned in the film is currently being considered as a potential deep sea mining site?
  • Other than the three examples of rare and previously undiscovered species found in the Clarion-Clipper Zone mentioned in the film, can you name any others?

Construction Robot

  • What is the autonomous construction robot designed to do?
  • How much faster is the robot than humans at constructing large-scale solar farms?
  • Can you think of any other types of construction that robots could potentially help to speed up?

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