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How Science Works KS3

posted on 17.01.2020, 16:03 by Trevor John Cox

CPD and curriculum resources for four videos in Youtube playlist https://youtu.be/63n8MjHLSg8

  • Investigations into helping asthma sufferers, practical and enquiry skills, respiration, biology.
  • Trying to reduce the carbon footprint of the UK music industry, measurement and implications of science
  • Scientists show the latest techniques for monitoring volcanoes, practical and enquiry skills
  • A Year 8 teacher exploring How Science Works by using video clips and experimental investigations from Asthma on the Run

Asthma on the run

A look into the research of biochemist Ceri Harrop, who specialises in respiratory medicine and developing new treatments for people with breathing difficulties. As part of her research at the University of Manchester, Ceri meets with athlete Wayne Ashall, a 400m runner and hopeful for the 2012 Olympics, despite having asthma. Wayne's personal best is only seconds off the world record, and he's hoping Ceri's work will help him perform even better. Ceri and Wayne carry out a spirometry test, a common test to diagnose lung conditions, and Ceri dissects a set of animal lungs to explain how they work and the effects asthma has on them. Medication plays a big part in enabling Wayne to compete, so Ceri takes Wayne through the different aspects of her research, which may lead to new treatments and possibly even a cure for asthma.

Music's carbon footprint

A look at how the UK music industry is working with energy and climate researcher Catherine Bottrill to reduce its carbon footprint. In 2007 a group of influential people from the music industry formed Julie's Bicycle, an organisation dedicated to reducing the industry's greenhouse gas emissions. They brought Catherine on board, who identified three main areas of emissions: live music venues, audience travel and CD manufacturing. Here, Catherine visits the Indigo at the O2 in London and meets with the venue's operations manager to look at what energy saving measures the venues are taking. Julie's Bicycle discuss the problems with trying to reduce audience travel emissions, how the carbon footprint of CDs can be reduced by 95 per cent and how renewable energy sources may be the only way to ensure a low carbon future.

Journey to Etna

Clive Oppenheimer, a volcanologist working on the latest techniques to monitor and predict volcanic eruptions, demonstrates his work at Mount Etna, an active volcano in Sicily. Volcanic eruptions pose a real threat to communities living nearby, and at their most violent they have wiped out whole cities. Clive is an expert in developing new techniques for monitoring volcanoes, and works with scientists around the world. It's a difficult job, because most of the activity happens deep below ground. Clive meets with his research students who monitor the volcanoes. To look at how the latest techniques are developing, he takes a trip up Etna to collect fresh lava samples, then heads to the Institute of Volcanology (INGV), about 20 km away, to analyse some of the new data.