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STEM Learning magazine: secondary - summer 2016

Mathematics Subject Specialist, Michael Anderson, discusses the questions the Principia mission poses, as well as the range of support materials available to teachers as Tim Peake returns to Earth from the International Space Station.

Gill Collinson, Head of Centre, National STEM Learning Centre and Network...

The Scratch patch - substitution cipher

This project, exploring basic encryption, is a useful introduction to data security as well as iterating through strings to manipulate them. The program create a ‘substitution cipher’, one of the most basic forms of encryption. It also demonstrates that, for more complex chained commands, Scratch becomes rather...

The Scratch patch - error handling

This activity is an introduction to writing programs that can handle errors. It also helps students to understand number bases, by guiding them through the writing of a ‘base converter’ program.

Tides Simulator and Workshop

Produced by the National Schools Observatory, this PowerPoint workshop and accompanying flash animation explains tidal activity on Earth. The workshop takes the form of a PowerPoint presentation that explains why tides exist, why there are two tides each day and covers related topics such as spring/neap tides and...

Histograms

This is a series of interactive excel sheets that look at histograms.

The first sheet contains a histogram displaying a summary of time spent travelling to work. A new set of data can be generated at the click of a button. Alongside the graph tables calculating class width and frequency density can be...

space:uk - Summer 2015, Issue 43

This edition of the magazine from the UK Space Agency includes:

  • The launch of the Earth Observation satellite, Sentinel 2A
  • News about the Rocket (salad) Science experiment
  • Tim Peake's training for his mission to the International Space Station
  • The launch of the International...

space:uk - Spring 2015, Issue 42

This edition of the magazine, from the UK Space Agency includes:

  • The discovery Beagle 2 on Mars
  • The AstroPi code competition
  • The landing of Philae on comet 67P in pictures
  • The UK's new funding for space programmes
  • British built space technology
  • The healthcare...

Card Tricks with Maths

Card Tricks. Ten kits of a pupil challenge to discover how two card tricks work. Kits are available in Coventry and Warwickshire or by arrangeent. Slides available for download free.

Two card tricks that requrie maths to explain. Even primary school pupils understood the algebra!

 

 

Paper Roman Catapult

Ten kits of a pupil challenge to design nd make a roman catapult made from paper, nuts and bolts. Kits are available in Coventry and Warwickshire or by arrangeent. Slides available for download free.

Launching a Balloon to the Edge of Space

The STEM club from Holy Cross School in Chorley and the North West Local Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society collaborated on a project to launch a balloon into the atmosphere. The balloon was carrying a camera, a GPS transmitter and a radiosonde, an instrument which transmits measurements by radio waves back...

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