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Remote teaching earth and space

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16 16-19

A collection of resources on the topic of earth and space to help support teachers and students whilst educating remotely.

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Earth and space videos

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16 16-19

A selection of videos to use remotely with your students.

For students aged 11-14:

Phases of the Moon

Models of the Solar System: Earth, Sun & Moon

The Scale of the Universe

For students aged 14-16:

Dark Matter is a Circus Master in the Universe

How Big is the Universe?

For students aged 16-19:

A Universe of Waves

Alice & Bob in Wonderland: Is that star really there?

Alice & Bob in Wonderland: Why is it dark at night?

Alice & Bob in Wonderland: What keeps us stuck to the earth?

Black Holes, Neutron Stars & White Dwarfs

Brief Guide to the Galaxy

Classroom Demonstrations: Redshift

Gravitational Lensing with Tape and Saucer

Gravitational Waves: A New Window to the Universe

Where was the Big Bang?

Introduction to Galaxies

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Earth and space home experiments

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16 16-19

The following resources are suitable for students aged 11-14 and 14-16:

  • Marvin and Milo experiments are useful for teaching younger students. In Water Fall, they investigate freefall and, in Doppler Spin, they reproduce the effects of motion on waves.
  • Seasons is an experiment that can be done at home that explains why it is warmer in the Summer. A similar activity can be found at the NSO pages.
  • The sky tonight shows students what would will be visible this evening. Encourage them to do some (socially distanced) stargazing.
  • Solar eclipses can be investigated here.

Simulations can be useful when teaching about Space. 

For students aged 14-19:

  • The Blackbody Spectrum can be explored with this PhET simulation. Use it to investigate Wein's Law.
  • The spectrum from differentlight sources can be captured using a Pringle's tube. Watch this video for the instructions.

These experiments have been selected by trained teachers as appropriate for use at home, but we have not specifically tested them for home use.

All experiments are carried out at your own risk.

To avoid risk of injury or damage, we recommend that you follow the instructions as shown and that a responsible adult supervises all practical activity and considers the suitability of each task for their child.

Teachers proposing to recommend any resources to their students should:

  1. work within safety policies established by their school;
  2. use their professional judgement to assess the suitability of experiments for their students;
  3. direct students and their parents/guardians to follow all stated instructions.
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Earth and space questions

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16 16-19

A selection of diagnostic questions to use remotely when teaching about Earth and Space

  • There are questions from 'Physics for You' by Keith Johnson and our own IOP Coach, Sue Holt. The Earth and Space sheet is linked below.

For students aged 16-19:

  • Teaching Advanced Physics resources feature question sets to use with your students. Those relevant to Astrophysics are linked below.

Earth and Space questions

Some questions that aid to check understanding of Earth and Space topics..

More resources, selected for remote use with your students, can be found in COVID-19 support.

Health and Safety Guidance:

These experiments have been selected by trained teachers as appropriate for use at home, but we have not specifically tested them for home use.

All experiments are carried out at your own risk.

To avoid risk of injury or damage, we recommend that you follow the instructions as shown, and that a responsible adult supervises all practical activity and considers the suitability of each task for their child.

Teachers proposing to recommend any resources to their students should:

  1. work within safety policies established by their school;

  2. use their professional judgement to assess the suitability of experiments for their own students;

  3. direct students and their parents/guardians to follow all stated instructions.

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