A Mountain, Some Celebrities and STEM!

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On May 12th I will be embarking on a 7 day expedition to climb to the 4095m summit of Mount Kinabalu. I will be joined by TV presenter Helen Fospero, Lydia Bright from TOWIE and Made in Chelsea actors Sam Thompson and James Dunmore. As someone who loves science I cannot pass up the opportunity to find a way to do a little science on the trip and get school kids involved along the way.  More on that below but before you read on, please take a moment to donate whatever you can afford. It is a cliche but every little really does help.

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On the run up to my climb I have been working with the awesome team at the community group The Things Network Norfolk and Suffolk to develop a custom made piece of hardware (which they have affectionately called the Thompson Tracker) that I can carry up to the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and all of these have been employed in developing it. This little box of wonder will sample the atmospheric conditions as we ascend to measure temperature, pressure and humidity while calculating altitude from the information based on the international standard atmosphere.

The device is based on the ESP8266.  You can find loads of activities and information to build your own tracker and other projects here

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From the 13th May the data will be beamed back via satellite to this page where it can be viewed in realtime or downloaded in CSV/JSON format for use in school lessons.

to download the data use the following links.

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The data is downloadable in CSV/JSON format (sample below)

Temp,Humidity,Pressure,NodeRecordedAt,ServerRecordedAt,Altititude,RecordingId
27,34,873,28/04/2018 13:43:14,18/04/2018 10:48:38,-121.0894,2277
27,38,873,28/04/2018 13:48:38,18/04/2018 10:48:55,-121.0944,2278
27,34,873,28/04/2018 15:48:55,18/04/2018 10:50:29,-122.0765,2279
27,33,873,28/04/2018 14:50:29,18/04/2018 10:51:26,-121.9672,2280

The file contains the following fields;

  • Temp in deg C.
  • Humidity %.
  • Air Pressure in mbar.
  • Node Recorded At: The time the little device made the recorded.
  • Server Recorded At: The time the server actually received the data.
  • Alititude: a calculated altitude in Feet.
  • RecordingID: Just an ID that increases by 1 for each record.

 

 I have been working with a brilliant bunch of teachers around the UK to develop these downloadable lesson plans from year 4 through to year 13.  Please use them as they are or as inspiration for your own lessons so that you get the most out of the information we capture.

These lesson plans have been kindly created by teachers, for teachers.  Choose the Year Group tab above to access the appropriate lesson plan(s)

Learning Objectives
Learn about classifying and sorting items

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 4 PDF Classifying and Sorting lesson plan here.

 

Learning Objective
Learn about the climate and weather

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 4 PDF Climate and Weather lesson plan here.

 

Learning Objective
Learn the difference between fact and opinion

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 4 PDF Fact or Opinion lesson plan here.

 

Learning Objective
Learn more about facts and opinions

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 4 PDF More Fact or Opinion lesson plan here.

With thanks to Andrew Pownall from Weaver Primary School in Nantwich for providing these lesson plans.

Aim
Process data
Learning Objective
Recording data and results of increasing complexity using diagrams

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 5 PDF lesson plan here.

With thanks to Melissa Hudson from St Williams Primary School in Norwich for creating this lesson plan

Aim
Process data
Learning Objective
Recording data and results of increasing complexity using diagrams

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 6 PDF lesson plan here.

With thanks to Melissa Hudson from St Williams Primary School in Norwich for creating this lesson plan

Aim
Process atmospheric data in Excel
Learning Objective
Process data by creating graphs in Excel

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 7 PPT lesson plan here.

With thanks to Dr Samuel George from Ark St. Alban’s Academy in Birmingham for creating this lesson plan

Aim
Process atmospheric data in Excel
Learning Objective
Process data by creating graphs in Excel

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 8 PPT lesson plan here.

With thanks to Dr Samuel George from Ark St. Alban’s Academy in Birmingham for creating this lesson plan

Aim
Develop skills in interpreting scientific data
Length
60 minutes
Learning Objectives
Present data as tables and graphs
Interpret data to suggest conclusions
Evaluate and apply findings to other situations

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 9 PDF lesson plan here.

With thanks to Dr Conrad Stevens from The Canterbury Academy in Kent for creating this lesson plan

 

Aim
Process atmospheric data in Excel
Learning Objective
Process data by creating graphs in Excel

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 9 PPT lesson plan here.

With thanks to Dr Samuel George from Ark St. Alban’s Academy in Birmingham for creating this lesson plan

Aim
Develop skills in interpreting scientific data
Length
60 minutes
Learning Objectives
Present data as tables and graphs
Interpret data to suggest conclusions
Evaluate and apply findings to other situations

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 10 PDF lesson plan here.

With thanks to Dr Conrad Stevens from The Canterbury Academy in Kent for creating this lesson plan

Aim
Develop skills in interpreting scientific data
Length
60 minutes
Learning Objectives
Present data as tables and graphs
Interpret data to suggest conclusions
Evaluate and apply findings to other situations

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 11 PDF lesson plan here.

With thanks to Dr Conrad Stevens from The Canterbury Academy in Kent for creating this lesson plan

Aim
Develop skills in data correlation and regression
Learning Objectives
To be able to choose and justify an appropriate sample from a large data set
To be able to interpret the PMCC and the coefficients of a regression line

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 12 PPT lesson plan here.

With thanks to Paddy Moore from The QEH School in Bristol for creating this lesson plan

Aim
Develop skills in data correlation and regression
Learning Objectives
To be able to choose and justify an appropriate sample from a large data set
To be able to interpret the PMCC and the coefficients of a regression line

Download Lesson Plan Download the Year 13 PPT lesson plan here.

With thanks to Paddy Moore from The QEH School in Bristol for creating this lesson plan

Special thanks to Emily-Jayne Crittenden, Paul Foster and Paul Thomas for their help in developing the ‘Thompson Tracker’, to all the teachers (DR Samuel George, Melissa Hudson, Paddy Moore, Andrew Pownall and Dr Conrad Stevens) for helping to develop the lesson plans and to the sponsors who have made this possible.