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Resource: Polar Explorer

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STEM Learning have developed a number of resources around the theme of Polar Exploration. Below are links to each of the resources:

Design a Boat
This activity examines the relationship between the shape of a boat and the amount of passengers it holds. Children will investigate different shaped boats to discover the best design.

Ice Breaker
Learners will explore the relationship between a ship’s hull and the job it does. In particular, the lesson will look at the difficult job a polar ship faces when having to break
through sea ice and the importance of the design of the shape of the hull. Learners will also examine the forces acting on a polar ship.

Loading Cargo
Learners will explore the balancing point of a boat when adding cargo and how this can be overcome with a keel (particularly a weighted one).

Chromatography Atmosphere
This unit give children a basic knowledge of the Earth’s atmosphere and the ozone layer. The children will use chromatography to model the atmosphere surrounding the

Watching a Glacier
This activity shows how Earth Observation (EO) data is used to monitor environmental change and also asks students to measure irregular areas in a sequence of bright false-colour composites pictures created from satellite data.

Do you like your oceans still or sparkling?
This demonstration shows how water becomes more acidic, when carbon dioxide is bubbling through it.

Dissolving sea shells in vinegar
This unit follows on from Do you like your oceans still or sparkling. The activity demonstrates the ability of an acidic substance (in this case vinegar) to dissolve sea shells.

What organisms live in the arctic?
In this activity, children demonstrate their learning about Arctic organisms by constructing a mobile to show either a food chain, or for more advanced children, a food web.

Animals over winter
Children will think about the different survival strategies animals in temperate regions employ in order to survive through the winter.

Adaptation: Design a species.
Children will learn about how animals are adapted to survive in different habitats.

How do humans and animals keep warm in the Arctic?
In this lesson children investigate the insulating properties of materials and consider how the adaptations of Arctic organisms help develop these.

Blubber Gloves
In this lesson children investigate the insulating properties of blubber and consider how the adaptations of Arctic organisms help develop these.

Making a diver
In this unit pupils will investigate how a submarine descends and ascends through making a Cartesian diver.

How do you eat like an Arctic Explorer?
In this activity children learn about diet and the importance of a balanced diet through the experiences of polar explorers.

Salty Seas
The children will explore density and the effect that adding salt to water has on floating and sinking eggs. It demonstrates why things float more easily in our oceans.

How is the arctic changing? Sea-level rise
This unit investigates one of the ways the Arctic is changing as a result of global warming.