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History of Computers

This classroom resource for secondary computing lessons outlines the history of development of computers. It covers thousands of years of history, including:

  • the abacus
  • log tables
  • the calculators of Pascal and Leibnitz
  • Jacquard looms
  • Babbage's Difference Engine and...

What Forces Act in Stretching?

This concept cartoon focuses on forces. Concept cartoons provide an approach to teaching, learning and assessment in science, they feature cartoon-style drawings showing different characters arguing about everyday situations. They are designed to intrigue, to provoke discussion and to stimulate scientific thinking...

pH scale

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Describe how to find out, safely, whether a solution is an acid.
  • Identify and give examples of alkalis.
  • Describe what information an indicator provides.
  • Interpret...

Supplying Cells: the Human Circulatory, Digestive and Gas Exchange

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Describe simply the structures and functions of the human digestive system.

  • Describe simply the structures and functions of the human circulatory system.

  • ...

Spaghetti bridges

This activity could be used in Key Stage 2 as a stand-alone activity, as a focused task to develop skills in the use of the glue gun, or as part of a structures project investigating bridges.

In this activity, students develop both their skills in using a glue gun and demonstrate their understanding of how...

Recycling Plastics *suitable for home teaching*

This film, from Twig World, looks at the differences between thermosetting, thermo softening and partially biodegradable plastics, and how they can be recycled.

The key points made in the film are:

A lot of plastic is thrown away and most is non-biodegradable Plastic can be recycled using mechanical...

50+ Primary level STEM activities for any classroom

We know that in the current situation, STEM activities may be harder to run, especially with concerns about sharing equipment in groups.  We have selected over 50 activities that can be done in any classroom, with very little equipment.  These can...

Engineering in a pandemic

This resource explores the vital role engineers play in responding to a global pandemic. It is designed to provide practical and contextualised tasks that demonstrate the role that STEM-based learning plays in real-world engineering scenarios.

Challenges in this STEM resource include:

  • building...

Engineering materials for a greener planet

Engineering materials for a greener planet features a series of real-world engineering activities that puts the environment at the heart of learning.

Students will explore the creative and practical side of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) subjects, as well as being introduced to the...

Animate materials

Animate materials can sense, move, change shape, and adapt to their environment to fulfil particular goals. Across the scientific world, researchers are developing tools and ideas, many of them inspired by the mechanisms of nature, to create materials that have lifelike properties.

This set of resources,...

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