Introduction and timetable

Challenges Facing the Arctic Ecosystem Timetable

Monday 11th May 9:00am: How does CO2 Affect the Ocean?

This fun live lesson investigation aims to show how water becomes more acidic when carbon dioxide is bubbled through it. It demonstrates the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and a process called ocean acidification, a change in the pH or acidity of the ocean. Students will also observe over time the effects of acid on shells.

Suitable for whole class

Tuesday 12th May 11:30am: Science of a Changing Arctic

This live lesson broadcast is your chance to ask the science team about how the Arctic is changing and the challenges this raises. Submit your students’ questions in advance to increase their chance of being answered.

Suitable for whole class

Wednesday 13th May 9:00am: How to Sample for Plastics

This live investigation broadcast is a great way of learning about how extensive the issue of microplastics is. Scientists have already identified microplastics in the Arctic, but how much is there? Students will consider how to appropriately answer this question by exploring the sampling techniques needed to conduct a fair test.

Suitable for older children - Y5/6

Thursday 14th May 11:30am: Plastics in the Arctic

This live lesson broadcast is your chance to ask Dr Ceri Lewis, Associate Professor in Marine Biology at the University of Exeter, about her research into microplastics in the Arctic and beyond. Submit your students’ questions in advance to increase their chance of being answered.

Suitable for older children - Y5/6

Friday 15th May 11:30am: Carbon Emissions and the Arctic

This live lesson broadcast is your chance to learn about science in the Arctic, and ask Dr Helen Findlay about the impacts high CO2 concentration levels in the ocean will have on the Arctic. Submit your students’ questions in advance to increase their chance of being answered.

Suitable for whole class