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Frozen in Time!

The Importance of Ice Core Research

Lesson Info

Thu 20 October, 2022 • 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Join scientist, Liz Thomas, from the -20C freezers at British Antarctic Survey HQ as she showcases ice core research, climate data and the wider importance of ice through an exciting live lesson!

Curriculum Focus

Solids, Liquids, Gases

Learning Objectives

  • Ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific research to answer them
  • Compare and group materials together
  • Understand how some materials can change state when they are heated or cooled
  • Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated

Lesson Outline

Join Sally-Ann Spence at British Antarctic Survey HQ where she will be learning about how ice cores are extracted and analysed to inform us more about climate change and our world in the past.

We will be joined by scientists and experts who will tell us more about their experiences in the antarctic as well as what we learn from the research they do. In the BAS laboratories and freezer room, teaching will be put into a real-life context through exciting demos, recordings and animated infographics.

The lesson itself will follow the journey of a scientist from the clothes store in Cambridge all the way to Antarctica where they drill ice cores for analysis. We will follow the process step-by-step as the ice turns from solid to liquid to gas, focussing on what researchers look for in each part of the process.


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