Space: 11 to 14 year olds

This list is designed to link to suitable resources to use space as a context for teaching STEM subjects for 11 to 14 year olds.

Some of these resources require FREE registration with the STEM Learning website. Registration also gives you access to thousands of other quality assured STEM resources. 

Links and Resources

Rocket Science: Secondary Schools Resource Taster Pack

This taster resource looks at the hazards of radiation exposure in space travel by modelling mutation in seeds with Rabidops. They are imaginary plants made from midget gem sweets and cocktail sticks. Rabidops are loosely based on Arabidopsis, a plant used extensively in genetics research and also used in several space experiments looking at the effect of gravity on plant growth.

publication year
2010 to date

1 file

0

0

This resource is aimed at teachers of students from 11 to 14 and is closely linked to elements of the geography English national curriculum, as well as supporting aspects of science, maths and computing. The activities use early astronaut photographs and more recent satellite images to give students the opportunity to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using each method for remote sensing.

0 files

The Great British Space Dinner

The Great British Space Dinner Challenge contains nine lessons:

Lesson 1: All Aboard the International Space Station (ISS)


Lesson 2: Taking food into orbit


Lesson 3: Zero-G Biomechanics: blueprint construction
Activity on the skeletal and muscular system, with an emphasis on biomechanics.

Lesson 4: Biomechanics: prototype design
Can be used to teach forces and muscular-skeletal system simultaneously.

Lesson 5: (optional) As below, so above
A lesson to promote healthy eating and drinking, focusing on the Eatwell plate, relating this to meal planning for a space menu.

Lesson 6: A stacked plate: nutritional analysis


Lesson 7: Exercise and hydrate


Lesson 8/9: ISS dinner ready?
Students synthesise information collected so far and work in groups to creatively and independently design recipes for a space dinner menu.

publication year
2010 to date

0 files

2

0

Magnetic Earth

This AstroPi resource helps students investigate the magnetic field of the Earth. The series of activities develops from basic principles of magnetism through to some understanding of the nature and cause of the Earth's magnetism.

Details about the Astro-Pi competition can be found at www.astro-pi.org

publication year
2010 to date

2 files

0

0

Monitoring Health on the International Space Station

Two short video clips describe how aspects of Richard Garriottt's health were monitored during his visit to the International Space Station. The first video clip describes experiments into how back pain, motion sickness and bone structure can be affected by space travel. The second video explains how heart rate is monitored carefully during different phases of the mission.

publication year
2000 - 2009

0 files

0

0

Life in a Can

A cross-curricular resource for primary and lower secondary schools that investigates life and how it can be maintained in the harsh atmosphere of space.

This resource is linked to the Astro Pi competition www.astro-pi.org

publication year
2010 to date

3 files

0

0

Earth in Space 11-14

From the Institute of Physics, this resource provides extensive teacher guidance and suggested classroom activities to support the teaching of:

• Gravity and space
• Orbits and satellites
• The solar system and beyond
• Sun, Moon and Earth

publication year
2010 to date

13 files

0

0

Classroom Space

13 resources developed by the University of Leicester that cover topics such as global warming, heat transfer and life processes.

publication year
2000 - 2009

0 files

0

0

Teaching Astronomy and Space: Classroom Demonstrations

Classroom demonstrations from the Institute of Physics that cover:

• what makes a comet
• the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
• the colour and temperature of stars
• electromagnetic radiation
• why is the sky blue?
• orbits of planets and comets
• solar eclipses
• the phases of the moon
• light intensity and distance from the equator
• red and blue wavelength shift in light

publication year
2010 to date

0 files

0

0

The Hammer and the Feather on the Moon

A video clip of the famous experiment which shows that all objects fall at the same rate in the same gravitational field.  This experiment can be simulated in the classroom with a feather and coin in a tube connected to a vacuum pump.

publication year
1970 - 1979

0 files

0

0

Galaxies

Looking at the Virgo cluster of galaxies, students will investigate what a galaxy is, what different types there are and how these galaxies are distributed within the cluster. By building a model of the cluster, students can investigate patterns relating to where the different types of galaxies are found, and form conclusions about how the cluster might have changed over time.

publication year
2010 to date

8 files

0

0

Published by

ESERO UK's picture
ESERO UK

Actions

Share this resource

Related content

Comments