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Smartt Science


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is providing free learning resources and live video lessons for pupils on the theme of space science. Teachers can be assured that the content is accurate, up to date and appropriate for pupils aged 8 to 12 as lessons are designed through the Smarttscience.com teacher collaborations.

Every Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, professor of astrophysics Stephen Smartt will be hosting a live video lesson via his YouTube channel. Before the lesson, download the lesson resources that Stephen Smartt will be using.

Ask the Professor

One of the most important things that pupils can do in a science class is to ask questions.
During the live lessons, pupils or teachers can tweet questions to @smarttscience or email smarttsciencelearning@remove-this.gmail.com. Questions will be answered by Professor Smartt during the live lesson.

Live Lessons on Space Science

Stephen Smartt is a professor of astrophysics at Queen’s University Belfast. Astrophysics is the branch of space science that examines planets, galaxies, black holes, and all of the other objects drifting in the universe.

In this eight week series, Professor Smarrt will cover our solar system, rocky planets, gas & ice giants, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, meteors, stars, life in extreme environments, and exo-planets.

The recordings of previous lessons along with their accompanying resources are available below.


Week Six   

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Life Cycle of a Star

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/33356/33107.pdf Added: 26 Jun 2020 Contributor: SmarttScience Resource type: Presentation / Activity

What are stars, how are stars born and how do stars die? Professor of astrophysics, Stephen Smartt, explains the answer to these questions in his resource booklet and live lesson. The resource booklet contains some extra activities like a multiple-choice question sheet. Answers provided.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 2. Scientific Model: Orgin of the Universe

Asset type: Document
Language: English
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Week Five   

Access:   Live Lesson   |   Slides

Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/33355/33106.pdf Added: 26 Jun 2020 Contributor: SmarttScience Resource type: Presentation / Activity

Learn about the three celestial bodies of asteroids, comets, and meteors with professor of astrophysics, Stephen Smartt. Activities include drawing an asteroid and a test your knowledge multiple-choice activity. Answers included.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 1. Relationships between Celestial Objects

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Natural Environments

Strand unit: Planet Earth in Space

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • recognise that the Earth, its moon, the sun, other planets and their satellites are separate bodies and are parts of the solar system
Asset type: Document
Language: English
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Week Four   

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The Dwarf Planets

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/33249/32993.pdf Added: 02 Jun 2020 Contributor: SmarttScience Resource type: Presentation / Activity

Week four live lesson with Professor Smartt took place on 2nd June 2020. The following downloadable resource contains information about dwarf planets. Activities include finding a dwarf planet and a test your knowledge multiple-choice activity sheet.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 3. Compare Earth with Moon & Other Planets

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Natural Environments

Strand unit: Planet Earth in Space

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Week Three   

Access:   Live Lesson   |   Slides

Gas & Ice Giants (Planets)

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/33248/32992.pdf Added: 02 Jun 2020 Contributor: SmarttScience Resource type: Presentation / Activity

Week three live lesson with Professor Smartt took place on 28th May 2020. The following downloadable resource contains information about huge planets composed mostly of gas with a rocky or metallic core. Activities include a word search and multiple-choice question sheet.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 3. Compare Earth with Moon & Other Planets

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Natural Environments

Strand unit: Planet Earth in Space

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Week Two   

Access:   Live Lesson   |   Slides

Rocky Planets

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/33115/32859.pdf Added: 20 May 2020 Contributor: SmarttScience Resource type: Guide/notes / Activity

Week two live lesson with Professor Smartt took place on 19th May 2020. The following downloadable resource contains the slides, worksheet for the lesson, and a multiple choice quiz.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 3. Compare Earth with Moon & Other Planets

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Natural Environments

Strand unit: Planet Earth in Space

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Week One   

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Our Solar System

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/33113/32857.pdf Added: 20 May 2020 Contributor: SmarttScience Resource type: Guide/notes / Activity

Week one live lesson with Professor Smartt took place on May 12th 2020. The following downloadable resource contains the slides, a worksheet to name the planets, a multiple choice quiz, and some extra advanced activities.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Natural Environments

Strand unit: Planet Earth in Space

Suggestions for use: Use the resources alongside Professor Smartts online live lesson.

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

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