Mars Timeline

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Educational Resources, Image Analysis, Theoretical/problem solving | By

I developed this image analysis activity for KS3-5 based on geology/geography for delivery on my Mars in a Box workshop – a Mars-related extension to the Solar System in a Box workshop.

In this activity students study real satellite images of the Mars surface – taken from Google Mars and ESA Mars Express.  Using these images students can unravel the sequence of geological events in two different Mars locations.

Download the instructions for Mars Timeline
Download activity images for Mars Timeline
Download a copy of the presentation slides for Mars Timeline

This activity was developed with funding from a UKSA Space for All Grant 2012/2013

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The Environmental Effects of Carbon Dioxide

What do we look like in the thermal infra red?

January 15, 2013 | Posted in Demonstrations, Educational Resources, Experiments | By

The following experiments and demos investigate the effect of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in

i) our atmosphere
In this demonstration, the basics of the electromagnetic spectrum are first covered followed by a demonstration of the thermal infra red. The final demo shows the effect that the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide has on our atmosphere as it absorbs thermal infra red radiation.
Download the carbon dioxide atmosphere demonstration instructions
Download accompanying images for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere demo

ii) our oceans
Under supervision, students (or the public) can conduct this experiment on ocean acidification.
Download instructions for the ocean acidification experiment.
Download accompanying images for ocean acidification experiment.

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Asteroid Ice Cream

January 2, 2013 | Posted in Demonstrations, Educational Resources | By

This demo allows you to create an edible analogue of a carbonaceous asteroid akin to the Moons of Mars or the parent of the carbonaceous meteorites. This simple demo has the wow factor and is suitable for both family shows and is a good finale for a space-themed masterclasses. This demo is successfully delivered as part of University of Leicester open days and planetary science outreach programme. In addition it is delivered during family shows and events at the National Space Centre, Leicester.

Download Asteroid Ice Cream instructions.
Download an allergy list for Asteroid Ice Cream (you will need to update this list if substituting any of the ingredients and brands)
Download accompanying images for the activity.

I have made an instructional video on how to make Asteroid Ice Cream. This was filmed during an A-Level planetary geology masterclass for the 2013 Astrobiology Summer Academy at the UK Centre for Astrobiology.

This activity was developed with funding from a UK Space Agency Space for All grant 2012/13.

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