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Accuracy of Measurements

This video resource from Teachers TV features mathematics teacher Mark Dawes as he delivers the first of a series of lessons on the bounds of intervals to a Year Eight class at Comberton Village College. Students work in groups and use non-standard units to measure things in and around their classroom. Behaving...

Testing Textiles

As head technologist for shops like Blacks and Millets, it is Martin Stannard’s job to ensure that all the clothing sold in these stores meets the claims about its performance. He tests every claim about a fabric, such as whether it is waterproof or whether it really does meet a British Standard. This is...

Stephanie Kwolek - Polymer Chemist

Stephanie Kwolek invented the tough polymer Kevlar, used in protective clothing and developed a method for demonstrating the production of nylon in the classroom which is still used today.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1.

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Modern Materials

This collection of resources support students to increase their understanding of Kevlar, carbon fibre, glass reinforced polyester, phase changing materials, Nomex, geotextiles, LCD, Rhovyl, breathable clothing, UV protective clothing and microfibres. The resources provide a classroom presentation, student worksheet...

Smart Materials

This collection of smart materials resources supports students to learn about Quantum Tunnelling Composite, shape memory alloys, polymorph, microencapsulation, photochromic dyes, thermochromic dyes and E-textiles. The collection provides a classroom presentation, teacher notes, student worksheets, student revision...

Make the world... more sustainable

Sustainable design is fast becoming a matter of global corporate citizenship. More consumers are choosing products based on their environmental impact, forcing manufacturers to reconsider how they develop and market products. Finding solutions to the problems people have in real world...

How to build a combat robot

This guide has been written to support teachers and technicians who would like to build a combat robot. It describes:

  • a range of different types of robots that you could make, discussing armour, weaponry, drive and control.
  • advice for the design process
  • health and safety considerations...

ATV – Jules Verne

The book, From the Earth to the Moon written by Jules Verne, describes firing the explorers from a canon to reach the Moon. This video explores Newton’s equation for gravitational force and how these forces change over distance. Anu Ojha explains how the International Space Station is in freefall, and how this...

ATV – Johaness Kepler

This video explains the historical context of observations and the different models of the solar system, that led to Kepler’s theories of elliptical planetary orbits. Both the Copernican and Ptolemaic models required the use of epicycles to explain retrograde motion. Kepler spent six years developing his three...

ATV – Georges Lemaitres

This video explains how Lemaître theory of the Big Bang explained the measurements made from the early 20th Century until today. The presenter, Anu Ojha, explains how different elements have different spectra because of the changes in energy levels of the electrons in the atoms. Spectroscopy of many nebulae show a...

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