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Week 12 Beginning 29th June

27 Dissertation Topics in Environmental Science for Research

This week - Science and the environment

LESSON 1: Endangered Species - The tiger, Amur leopard, orang-utan, sea turtle and the Sumatran elephant are some of the most endangered animals on the planet. We’d like you to choose an animal from one region and describe how it has evolved to suit its habitat. Think back to our adaption lessons and what you know about how animals and plants have evolved.  Now, consider how your chosen animal may need to adapt due to the current environment and human threats it faces. Create an informative leaflet about the threat the animal faces and what humans can do to minimise these threats. The following link may help you with this.

 

LESSON 2: Protecting our Oceans - Marine life faces a number of threats including plastic pollution, tourism, habitat destruction, ocean warming and overfishing. How can we make a difference now? Discuss this question with someone in your household (or maybe you could reach out to a friend or relative via video messaging technology and discuss this with them). Now, using your sketch book, sketch an image representing the impact society is having on today’s oceans using a drawing material of your choice (you could use the attached ‘ocean threat’ poster for ideas). Afterwards, you may wish to sketch an image of an ideal ocean environment. You could use websites and books to find out what makes the best environment for marine life to flourish (the Great Barrier Reef and its significance is a great example of this).

 

LESSON 3: Do People Intentionally Damage an Area? – We’d like you to imagine that a new park, housing development, restaurant or other structure is being built on green land near your home (you could think about the Blue Mountain redevelopment) How might this be positive for the environment? How might this be negative for the environment? Create a poster that explains the pros and cons of this new development. Consider wildlife, air and noise pollution and jobs.

 

LESSON 4: Air Quality Improvement - Air quality has been debated across the globe and many are concerned that pollution is making the quality of air poor in many countries. However, in some areas in the UK, towns and cities are trying to promote cleaner air quality.  For example, Birmingham are introducing ‘Clean Air Zones’ from around July 2020. With this in mind, create a set of questions that you could ask your parents, grandparents or other family members about how your local area of Bracknell has changed over time. Afterwards, you can use your questions to interview your family members and then make a video news report or a newspaper report about what you have discovered.

 

LESSON 5: Upcycling, upcycling – Discuss with your adult an item within the house that you do not really use anymore - this could be an old item of clothing, accessory or household item - and upcycle it to make a new item that you will use. Evaluate the new product you have made and identify any areas that you could improve if you were to make it again. You may even want to write a set of instructions so that other people can upcycle the same item too.  Below is a page containing some upcycling inspiration – don’t worry, we don’t expect you to have a spare piano that you can turn into a bookshelf, but these ideas are to encourage you to think a little more creatively!