Teaching enquiry with mysteries incorporated

A set of tried and tested curriculum resources which aim to improve students' enquiry skills and increase engagement.  


Red moon

Students investigate why the moon turns red during a lunar eclipse by exploring refraction, dispersion and the scattering of white light through different media.



Guess the colour

In this resource students are challenged to answer a mystery about colour.   They investigate the additive and subtractive synthesis of coloured pigments and explore what coloured objects look like under different coloured lights.

Curved light

In this activity students investigate the mystery of a light beam which seems to bend.  Students can investigate:

  • Qualitative behaviour of light  when the medium in which it propagates changes its refraction index. 
  • Quantitative evaluation of the behaviour of light in refraction by means of...

Closer but colder

Because of the shape of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, it is farther away from the Sun in July than it is in January. Still, we have colder days in January than in July. How is this possible? Through this mystery, students will investigate the orbit of the Earth around the Sun and its influence on solar energy...


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