Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Scientists teach pet parrots to make video calls to help beat loneliness.
  • Engineers create Shine, a portable wind turbine that allows people to create their own electricity from wind.
  • Aerospace engineers create a capsule called LOUIS, in which researchers can carry out microgravity experiments without going into space.

Curriculum keywords

  • Parrots
  • Wind Turbine
  • Experiments

This Week's Kahoot Quiz

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Spark a discussion

Parrot Calls

  • How many parrots took part in the study?
  • The study was aimed at helping the pet parrots feel less of what feeling?
  • Can you think of any other animals that might benefit from this kind of social interaction?

Portable Wind Turbine

  • What is wind the second largest provider of?
  • What can Shine be used to charge?
  • What other uses do you think Shine could potentially have?

Experiment Capsule

  • How many meters into the air does LOUIS reach?
  • What kind of experiments are carried out inside LOUIS?
  • Can you think of any examples of microgravity experiments?

Classroom Resources

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