Monday 26 September 2022

Identifying minerals

Have you tried the ELI series on identifying minerals? This is the first of five, using observational skills 'Be a mineral expert - 1: Beginning to identify minerals - introducing colour, habit, lustre, cleavage'.

This activity uses simple visual tests to identify a set of ‘unknown’ minerals.

All Earthlearninigdeas involving minerals, can be found in our Earth Materials category.

Monday 19 September 2022

Investigation into building insulation

Continuing our 'net zero' emissions Earthlearningideas is 'How do I choose the best insulation? Investigating enhanced insulation for buildings'

An investigation into the properties of various insulation materials for buildings with a discussion of their advantages and disadvantages.

The full series of Earthlearningidea 'net zero' emissions activities can be found in our Resources and Environment category.

Monday 12 September 2022

An investigation into how to get clean water from dirty water

Continuing our watery theme . . .  '"Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink"; investigating how to get clean water from dirty ‘pond water'.

This activity could be used in any lessons involving water supply. People have always needed to find clean water to drink. It is a vital factor in where people can live.

Many other 'watery' Earthlearningideas can be found in our 'Earth as a system' category.

Monday 5 September 2022

Storing water power

The new ELI today is another in our 'net zero' emissions series - 'Matching supply and demand using stored water; pumped storage hydroelectric schemes – just-in-time power'.

This activity explores how pumped storage hydroelectric schemes may make an important future contribution to government ‘net-zero’ targets by storing power to boost sources with variable output, such as wind or solar.

Our complete series on reaching 'net zero' emissions targets may be found here. All were as accurate as possible when they were written in spring 2021.