Datalogging+And+Eco-Monitoring

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Datalogging+And+Eco-Monitoring

  1. 1. Continuing Professional Development Unit
  2. 2. IntroductionThis CPD unit is based on the Eco-monitoring atKey Stage 2 project, run in Bath and SouthGloucestershire schools in 2008-9, and as acluster project in Hillingdon schools in 2010. Usingreal examples from 16 project schools, it showshow datalogging can become an everyday part ofscience teaching and learning; how it can helpchildren develop their enquiry skills – particularlyinterpreting data - and how it can contribute tochildren’s environmental understanding as part ofa bid to become an Eco-school.
  3. 3. How do scientists use datalogging?Many types of scientists use dataloggers tomeasure changes very accurately, over longperiods of time, or in dangerous situations.Many of these uses have environmentalimplications.Examples include:• Measuring small seismic fluctuations to predict earthquakes• Monitoring temperature changes in polar regions (see photo)• Gathering wave-pressure information to find out how often icebergs are splitting• Measuring gas concentrations in the upper atmosphere• Monitoring noise levels around airports

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