Climate Impacts of Aviation

How are aeroplanes made, how do they fly and what are they doing to the climate?

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Lesson plan Video


60 minutes

This engaging 60-minute lesson programme for pupils aged 11–18 explores how aeroplanes take flight and discusses their impacts on our world.

Watch a 25-minute video in which Dr Ling Lim (Manchester Metropolitan University) talks about her journey in science before discussing flight and its climate impacts. Using the activity on the two-page PDF, you can explore different parts of an aeroplane in more detail: what they do, why they’re important and how we could reduce emissions from aviation.

Lesson plan

Curriculum links

Science: Working Scientifically, Motion & Forces (KS3), Forces (KS4)
Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5

Northern Ireland:
Science & Technology: Forces & Energy
Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5

Sciences: Forces, Electricity & Waves
Levels: Third/Fourth Level, Senior Phase

Science & Technology: Being Curious, Forces & Energy
Progression Steps: PS4, PS5, A levels