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World Origami Day

30/10/19
Use this video from Great Big Story to introduce your learners to how origami is being used in science (World Origami Day is on 11 November).  Inventor, Manu Prakash, designed this cheap but effective microscope to make it possible for people anywhere to look at tiny things, a task which helps to understand bigger problems.  It’s called a Foldscope, is portable, light and more than 500,000 are being used around the world.  Can your learners think of other ways origami can be used in Science? (Image taken from a video by Great Big Story on the YouTube website)

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

03/02/20
Use this video and from UNESCO Bangkok to introduce your learners to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) on YouTube. It shows how there are currently fewer female scientists than male ones and how to encourage young girls and young women to embrace STEM and have careers in it. How will it help to change their study and career choices? (Image taken from the UNESCO video on the YouTube website)

International Polar Bear Day (27 February)

03/02/20
To focus on International Polar Bear Day (27 February) use the plentiful resources on the polarbearsinternational.org website. It has information on how polar bears live, the ecosystems around them, how climate change affects them, research into them, polar bear trackers and even live webcams.  In addition, the Education Center has lesson plans and presentations, courses for teachers and even how to become a volunteer.  How much do your learners already know about polar bears and their environment? (Image taken from the polarbearsinternational.org website)
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