Teaching overview

Learning points

  • A 3-D printer has been designed that can print flexible shapes similar to those found in nature.
  • Scientists are asking members of the public to help count walruses in photos taken from space!
  • A humanoid robot has been put through its paces by carrying out tasks on a test construction site.

Curriculum keywords

  • 3-D Printing
  • Walruses
  • Robots

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Spark a discussion

3-D Printing

  • Why are flexible materials helpful in nature?
  • How does the 3-D printer work?
  • What do scientists hope the 3-D printer will soon be used for?


  • In what part of the world do walruses live?
  • How is climate change affecting walrus populations?
  • Would you like to help out?

Robot Technology

  • How has the Atlas robot recently been tested?
  • Would you like to work designing and testing robots?
  • Do you think robots will ever be able to do all the jobs humans can do?

Classroom Resources

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