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Nature & Environment

The successful STEM@home activities have been curated to provide two theme-based summer learning, the first one is nature and environment.

There are rough age guides provided, but with parental support some of the older aged activities can be undertaken by younger children. If you submit outcomes to askanamabassador@canterbury.ac.uk and it is published on our gallery, certificates and prizes can be won.

 

  • AGE: UNDER 6 »

    Under 6

    Soil Painting

    Soil Painting
    Primary

    Find out how to create your own soil painting!

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    Windy Ways

    Windy Ways
    Primary

    Find out about the wind, while having some fun with bubbles!

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Rainbow Fruit

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Rainbow Fruit
    Primary

    An activity from the Rochester Bridge Trust, learn about the variety of fruit there is and explore them using the story.

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    Old tomato, new tomato!

    Old tomato, new tomato!
    Primary

    Use slices of tomato to grow more using this simple method!

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    Repurposed Plastic Plant Pots

    Repurposed Plastic Plant Pots
    Primary

    Do your bit for the environment by cutting down on plastic – instead of using plastic plant pots, repurpose and reuse other plastics.

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    Creative Creatures

    Creative Creatures
    Primary

    Use any arts and crafts resources you have to create a creature of your own.

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    Upcycled Art Competition

    Upcycled Art Competition
    Primary

    Create an environmental art work using would-be rubbish and enter it into a competition to win a prize!

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    Bug Hotel

    Bug Hotel
    Primary

    An activity from an Environmental Engineer, create a Bug Hotel structure to help care for our environment.

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  • AGE: 6-12 »

    6-12

    Nature and Environment

    Nature and Environment
    Primary

    STEM@Home Nature and Environment related activities

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    Incredible Oceans

    Incredible Oceans
    PrimarySecondary

    The science and art of communicating about life below water: the go-to people for bright ways of talking about ocean issues and inhabitants.

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    Our EARTH STORY: Introduction to Geology for Primary School Children

    Our EARTH STORY: Introduction to Geology for Primary School Children
    Primary

    This Session is to introduce primary school students to the concepts of Deep Geological Time, the age of the Earth, and it’s formation; when Life appeared, and what it looked like; when animals appeared and what they first looked like. And then, when did we humans appear.

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    Plants: Parts and Functions

    Plants: Parts and Functions
    Primary

    Learn about the parts of a plant and their roles in helping a plant grow.

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    Types of Animals

    Types of Animals
    Primary

    Learn about the types of animals and how to group them.

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    Lambing - Interview with a Kent Farmer

    Lambing - Interview with a Kent Farmer
    Primary

    Learn about lambing season and the birth of new lambs from a Kent farmer.

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    Live Lambing!

    Live Lambing!
    Primary

    Watch a lamb being born and think about living things.

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    What Type of Animal?

    What Type of Animal?
    Primary

    Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals

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    Living things and their habitats: Pond Life

    Living things and their habitats: Pond Life
    Primary

    Learn about Pond Life from Ecologists who work at AECOM.

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    Understanding NOISE!

    Understanding NOISE!
    Primary

    A workshop from the Institute of Acoustics, join in an experiment that demonstrates a solution to noise transmission.

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    Investigating Wind Power

    Investigating Wind Power
    Primary

    A video from EDF Energy’s The Pod, follow along as Busta and Pong investigate wind power.

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    Types of Energy

    Types of Energy
    Secondary

    Learn from George, an Electrical Engineer, about the different types of energy we use everyday to power our world!

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    Under Your Feet

    Under Your Feet
    Primary

    Imagine life if you were ant-sized using all that is found under your feet!

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    Recycle, Re-use

    Recycle, Re-use
    Primary

    Make your own paper by recycling used paper!

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    The Rainbow of Biological Things

    The Rainbow of Biological Things
    Primary

    Can you find these plants in the local environment, and make a rainbow like the one in the picture celebrating the NHS?

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    Make a pitfall trap

    Make a pitfall trap
    Primary

    An activity from the Natural History Museum, can you make a trap to collect small invertebrates?

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    Mister Sandy and Mister Squawk on Hydrogeology

    Mister Sandy and Mister Squawk on Hydrogeology
    Primary

    Learn about the Water Cycle, and the importance of water while having fun with Mister Sandy and Mister Squawk at Geog Rocks!

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    Camouflaged Creatures

    Camouflaged Creatures
    Primary

    Animals are clever, and some use camouflage to help them hide...explore camouflage patterns and discover which work best in different environments.

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    Clothes Hanger Quadrat

    Clothes Hanger Quadrat
    Primary

    Make a quadrat to focus on the living things in a very small environment.

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    Felt Tip Flower Dye

    Felt Tip Flower Dye
    Primary

    Use a simple felt tip pen to create an unusually coloured flower.

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    Germination of Seeds

    Germination of Seeds
    Primary

    An activity from the Rochester Bridge Trust, carry out your own experiment to find out what seeds need to germinate.

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    Flower Bookmarks

    Flower Bookmarks
    Primary

    Recreate flowers you see around you and make a handy bookmark.

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    Grow Carrots from Carrots

    Grow Carrots from Carrots
    Primary

    Use carrot tops to begin growing carrots of your own.

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    Make your Own Wind Turbine

    Make your Own Wind Turbine
    Primary

    Reuse some plastic bottles to create and learn about the workings of a wind turbine in helping the environment by creating renewable energy.

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    Ecosystem Investigating

    Ecosystem Investigating
    Primary

    Take a walk and make a list of all the living things you see, then go home and put them together like a puzzle!

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    Women in Engineering – Water Collector

    Women in Engineering – Water Collector
    Primary

    Celebrating Women in Engineering Day, watch how a water collector can be made with found items…and maybe have a go yourself!

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    Practical Action: Beat the Flood

    Practical Action: Beat the Flood
    Primary

    A challenge from Practical Action, learn about flooding around the world to inspire you to design and build a model of a flood-proof house.

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  • AGE: OVER 12 »

    Over 12

    Practical Action: Regreen the Desert

    Practical Action: Regreen the Desert
    Secondary

    A challenge from Practical Action, develop ideas to address a real-life problem caused by climate change.

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    Renewable Energy Debate

    Renewable Energy Debate
    Secondary

    An activity from the IET, choose your position and debate on a proposed wind farm in your local area.

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    Solar Power, Hydropower, Distillation Power!

    Solar Power, Hydropower, Distillation Power!
    Secondary

    Learn how solar energy can be used to energise other processes...how can this help the world?

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    Can 100% renewable energy power the world?

    Can 100% renewable energy power the world?
    Secondary

    A video from TedEd, learn about how the world could develop ways to get all our energy from renewable sources, but discover the developments needed to get there!

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    Energy for Cleaner Air?

    Energy for Cleaner Air?
    Secondary

    This investigation will help you realise why energy is spent on cleaning the air we breathe – why do we need to ventilate?

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    Winding Wind

    Winding Wind
    Secondary

    Use wind energy to spin a windmill that has the energy to lift a weight.

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    Solar Power Tower

    Solar Power Tower
    Secondary

    Learn about solar energy by creating a tower that will move a pinwheel and create a moving tower in the sun!

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    The Power of Water

    The Power of Water
    Secondary

    Learn about hydropower and how this can be used to transfer energy, and in this case lift an object!

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    Offshore Wind Farm Construction

    Offshore Wind Farm Construction
    Secondary

    A film contributed by STEM Ambassador Rupert, watch how London Array built their offshore wind farms to produce renewable energy.

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    How tall is that tree?

    How tall is that tree?
    Secondary

    Contributed by Charlotte, this activity will help to workout how tall a tree is without using any equipment

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    Plastic, not so fantastic…

    Plastic, not so fantastic…
    Secondary

    A design challenge from Practical Action, create a sustainable product that showcases and reduces use of plastics.

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    Environmental Agency: Adaptation to Coastal Change

    Environmental Agency: Adaptation to Coastal Change
    Secondary

    STEM Ambassadors Kellie and Guy discuss the issues of flooding and coastal erosion around our coastline.

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    Dandelions in different places

    Dandelions in different places
    Secondary

    Do dandelions look the same everywhere?

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    Reflection and your Place in the Environment

    Reflection and your Place in the Environment
    Secondary

    Contributed by Charlotte, this activity will help to look a little deeper and explore ways of reflecting on our place in the environment.

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    Biodiversity on Planet Earth

    Biodiversity on Planet Earth
    Secondary

    Brought to us by WWF International and David Attenborough, learn about how biodiversity is key to successful continuation of life on Earth.

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    RSPB Wildlife Indicators

    RSPB Wildlife Indicators
    Secondary

    An activity from the RSPB, learn about the declining bird population and how we can help.

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    How Plants Regulate Flowering

    How Plants Regulate Flowering
    Secondary

    Learn with Dr. Naeem Syed from Canterbury Christ Church University about how flowers regulate the flowering process to ensure we have the food we need and so that plant species can survive.

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    Back Garden Phylogenetics

    Back Garden Phylogenetics
    Secondary

    A video from Rodrigo Vega at Canterbury Christ Church University, learn how to build a phylogenetic tree, or a tree of life, using living things you might in your back garden!

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