Teaching overview

Learning points

  • A new drone that can see through smoke has been developed, helping firefighters to combat wildfires.
  • A robot guide dog is helping blind and vision-impaired people to navigate indoor spaces.
  • An underwater drone has been designed to help survey the ocean.

Curriculum keywords

  • drones
  • robots
  • navigation

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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Fire-fighting Drone

  • How does the drone assist firefighters?
  • What type of sensors does the drone have?
  • How can the drone help firefighters to save buildings?

Robot Guide Dog

  • How can the robot guide dog assist people living with vision loss?
  • What advantages does the robot guide dog have over GPS technology?

Underwater Drone

  • How can Hydrus help us learn more about the ocean?
  • What advantages does Hydrus have over human divers?
  • How deep underwater can Hydrus travel?
  • What areas of the ocean would you explore with an underwater drone?

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