Monday 28 November 2022

Nuclear power - harnessing the energy of the atom

Today's ELI is all about the controversial topic of nuclear power, 'Nuclear power - harnessing the energy of the atom; investigating the use of nuclear power now and in the future'.

The various types of nuclear power stations are discussed and the future of nuclear power is considered. This is followed by a discussion about siting SMRs (Small Modular Reactors) in the local area.

More activities related to reaching net zero carbon emissions can be found here.

Monday 21 November 2022

Make your own geological timeline

We continue our theme of geological time with 'The toilet roll of time; make a geological timeline to take home'.

This activity has been devised to address the common lack of knowledge about geological time. Research has shown that many people have no idea of the great length of geological time nor of the order of the key events during the geological history of the Earth.

More activities can be found in the ELI Geological time category.

Monday 14 November 2022

The age of the Earth - on a volunteer

The new ELI today is all about visualising deep time 'The origin of the Earth – at arm’s length; the age of the Earth – with a good stretch of imagination'.

Visualising deep time is extremely difficult. This activity provides a 'fun' way of teaching the great length of geological time. It could be used to reinforce other methods of helping pupils to understand the concept of 'deep time', e.g. during a quick-fire revision session.

Related activities about the age of the Earth can be found in the Geological time category.

Monday 7 November 2022

Enhanced weathering and general weathering

Following last week's ELI about enhanced weathering to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, we have been sent an extension idea from Australia.

Have you tried our Earthlearningidea, 'Weathering- rocks breaking up and breaking down; matching pictures and descriptions of weathered rocks with the processes of weathering that formed them'?

This activity encourages pupils to study the appearance of weathered rocks and to understand the processes which produce weathering.

Other activities related to sedimentary processes my be found in our Sedimentary processes category.