Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Student engineers are designing self-driving racecars.
  • Globally, light pollution levels are rising.
  • Scientists have designed a tiny robot that can completely change shape!

Curriculum keywords

  • Racecars
  • Light Pollution
  • 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


  • What technology are students using to control their self-driving cars?
  • What speed did the fastest car reach when racing around the track?
  • Do you think self-driving cars will one day be safer than those driven by people?

Light Pollution

  • What causes light pollution?
  • How can light pollution levels be reduced?
  • Have you ever been stargazing?

Shapeshifting Robot

  • What animal have scientists based their shapeshifting robot on?
  • How is the robot able to change shape?
  • What could the robot be used for in the future?

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