Fieldwork, Lab Skills and Resources

In this section you will find a selection of resources for both students and teachers. There are ideas on what you might need to include and purchase for an ESS lab, how to organise fieldwork, providers of equipment and fieldwork sites and some skill building that you may not be familiar with, depending on your teaching background.

Lab Safety

I have to say that I don't go through lab safety as a starter lesson any more but many of my colleagues do. Some Science departments insist on this. As the course continues to develop and more "science"...

Ecology Fieldwork

Practical fieldwork has always been an important part of the study of Environmental Systems. The course includes a practical fieldwork subtopic 2.5 which specifies the skills that students should develop...

Resources for Labs

I am often asked, or see questions like about what to have in your new ESS lab. I've collected some suppliers that we use. I cannot personally vouch for these suppliers but they have been used by my Science...

Using Serial Dilutions

Serial dilutions are a very useful method for students to learn. It is a standard method for testing for toxicity and can be adapted for investigating the effect of a pollutant on the germination and...

Improving Planning Skills - The Sandwich Challenge

I heard about this idea when I was running a workshop. Cisco from the International School in Prague mentioned that they have their students make sandwiches in order to improve their method writing skills....

Using Excel - Some Tutorials

I always ask students to use Microsoft Excel to process their data. Yes google sheets is becoming increasingly sophisiticated but is not as powerful in the presentation of data. I particularly like the...

Designing Surveys and Questionnaires

Students need to learn to design their own surveys and questionnaires. You can use this activity as a tool for practising designing such investigations or you can use the survey as a ready to go tool....

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