Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS): secondary and post-16 resources

Innovative and reliable practical activities to engage students with biology, focusing on plant science. Where appropriate, the resources include detailed background information for teachers and technicians, and questions to stimulate discussion with and between students.

The Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS) website includes over 200 resources, starter ideas, and articles, with new resources based around contemporary science added each term. Science & Plants for Schools has been supporting teachers for over twenty years, and is now based at the University of Cambridge, associated with the Department of Plant Sciences and the Botanic Garden.



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Measuring Photosynthesis with Cabomba

One of a series of resources from Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS) investigating key topics in plant biology. A reliable way to demonstrate photosynthesis in the classroom. When the pond-weed Cabomba is placed in a solution of sodium hydrogen carbonate in the presence of light of appropriate intensity, it...

Pollen, Lungs, Asthma and Allergies

Produced by Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS), this resource helps students to put hayfever and asthma into the wider contexts of both plant and human biology.

Students look in detail at how plants use pollen to reproduce, including growing pollen tubes and investigating the pollen in honey. They then...

Stresses and Strains in Plants

From Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS), these practical activities allow students to investigate how woody and herbaceous plants support their shoots, branches, flowers and fruits and shed them at the appropriate time.

A number of investigations are suggested that can be adapted for students over a...

Investigations with Venus Fly Traps

In this activity from Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS), students investigate what causes a Venus’ Fly Trap to shut. These experiments are related to a series of investigations that Darwin carried out as part of his work on evolution and adaptation and background...


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