Science C19: Sniffing Around


Award-winning video and lesson investigations for young children on the topic of smell

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Video and lesson investigations on the topic of smell . Key concepts include:

  • Some animals need a good sense of smell.
  • There may be different reasons for needing a good sense of smell.
  • Predators like in wait downwind of their prey so that they themselves cannot be smelled.
  • Certain smells have meaning for animals.
  • Smells can indicate food, companions, territory or danger.
  • An animal’s use of smell has evolved to suit its life-style and the environment in which it lives.
  • Smells are caused by molecules of a substance entering the nose and reaching the ‘smell detectors’ which are special nerve cells.
  • These detectors send messages through the olfactory nerve to the area of the brain responsible for interpreting smells.
  • The brain tells you what you smell.
  • The senses of smell and taste are closely linked.
  • That is why we cannot taste or smell very well when we have a cold.


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