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Four videos in Youtube playlist below

  • 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

Download the videos,CPD and curriculum resources below

1. Asthma on the run

Synopsis: 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.

Download main video: Windows Media. Quicktime

Additional videos expanding on topic

Asthma on the Run: Mucus. windows media player : quicktime

Asthma on the Run: Lung Structure and Gas Exchange. windows media player: quicktime

Asthma on the Run: Mucus Production. windows media player : quicktime

Asthma on the Run: The Affect of Asthma on the Airway. Asthma affects the larger areas of the lungs, the trachea and bronchi. Problems with mucus accumulation and muscle constriction affect the amount of oxygen getting to the alveoli for gas exchange. Using a dissected lung, the differences between an asthmatic and non-asthmatic lung are pointed out, giving students a more detailed understanding of the condition. windows media player : quicktime

Curriculum and CPD Resources

Lesson ideas and resources

CPD materials to help you make the most of the series and video

Additional classroom resources

Three lessons on breathlessness lungs and mucas with support materials

Two more lessons on asthma

 

2. Music's carbon footprint

Synopsis: 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.

Download main video: Windows Media. Quicktime

Additional videos expanding on topic

Music’s Energy Footprint: Managing your Carbon Emissions. windows media player : quicktime

Music’s Energy Footprint: Energy Footprint of T-shirts. windows media player : quicktime

Curriculum and CPD Resources

Four lesson ideas and resources to accompany the programme

CPD materials to help you make the most of the series and video

Additional classroom resources

Lesson called Sankeys Solutions and other classroom resources

 

3. Journey to Etna

Synopsis: 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.

Download main video: Windows Media. Quicktime

Additional videos expanding on topic

Journey to Etna: Civil Protection. windows media player : quicktime

Journey to Etna: Lava Flow and Gas Emissions. Following a team of volcanologists at Mount Etna, they show us they way in which lava cools to form igneous rock. Depending on the mineral composition of the lava, it will cool and form two distinctive structures, known as aa and pahoehoe. They also explain how volcanoes also emit huge amounts of gases when they erupt, such as Carbon Dioxide, Sulphur Dioxide and even Gold, which can significantly alter the earth's atmosphere for years. windows media player : quicktime

Curriculum and CPD Resources

Lesson ideas and resources

CPD materials to help you make the most of the series and video

Additional classroom resources

Catastrophe Etna Quiz

 

4. Using Asthma on the run

Synopsis: Science teacher Stuart Murphy takes his Year 8 class through the first lesson in a new scheme of learning in the How Science Works series. How Science Works is a key component of the KS3 science curriculum. At Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith, the Year 8s have just started the Live and Kicking Unit of the curriculum, and here they undertake the first lesson of the unit, called Breathless. The How Science Works video "Asthma on the Run" is used to engage the students at the start and sets up the central theme as well as explain and elaborate on ideas throughout the lesson. Students carry out peak flow tests and measure total lung volume to investigate lung function. The lessons have been developed around an e model of learning with scientific inquiry as its basis. The lessons are divided up into stages which cover all the important learning functions.

Download main video: Windows Media. Quicktime

 

The Project

Wikid Science - How Science Works KS3

Wikid Science has produced a series of four 15-minute digital programmes for students and teachers of key stage 3 science. Three of the programmes broadcast on Teachers' TV, will depict charismatic, inspirational scientists describing and demonstrating their work. To accompany the broadcast programmes (which will also be downloadable from the Teachers TV website), a set of downloadable curriculum resources and CPD programmes will also be produced, including supplementary inserts and narrative soundtrack using interviews with science education professionals and scientists, drawing out key aspects of how scientists carry out their research and how to use the programmes and associated materials effectively in the classroom to teach how science works and develop 'Big' ideas in science at KS3. The downloadable programmes will be used in initial teacher training and CPD. The programmes, supported by the curriculum materials and CPD materials, will be available on the Science Upd8 and Teachers TV websites and on National Network of Science Learning Centres training courses. The training and web-based resources will be designed to support teachers engaging with the materials via distance learning, and for use by expert trainers providing face-to-face training for teachers both to embed the programmes and associated curriculum materials and disseminate as widely as possible. The 4th Broadcast program is a promo for this rich collection of teaching resources.

Wikid Science will provide an exciting blended media approach to address the most challenging aspects of the national curriculum for the new key stage 3 programme of study, in that it presents the methodology of scientific activity within areas of contemporary research. It will unite scientists with expert practitioners in the field of science education, the Centre for Science Education , Sheffield Hallam University. Further partners are the educational television production company, Glasshead, the National Science Learning Centre and Teachers' TV. This team will work alongside a community of science teachers through the use of a sophisticated wikki website and online conference meetings to develop the programmes and associated curriculum and CPD materials. We believe this provides an innovative approach to engaging scientists and teachers in collaborative curriculum development.

EPSRC Grant EP/G020116/1: £209,015

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