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Forces and Motion: The Physics of Car Crashes *suitable for home teaching*

This film clip uses slow motion footage filmed during car crash testing to explore how energy is distributed during the fractions of a second when cars crash. The clip explores ideas of inertia, resultant forces, energy and momentum, but applies it in the real world context of designing air bags, crumple zones...

Alkali Metals *suitable for home teaching*

In the build-up to the Christmas Lectures in 2012, the Royal Institution published a new video for every day of advent revealing the elements that really excite and inspire people. Whilst on the set of Science Club, presenter Dara O'Briain explains why he is such a fan of the group of elements known as the alkali...

Recycling Plastics *suitable for home teaching*

This film, from Twig World, looks at the differences between thermosetting, thermosoftening and partially biodegradable plastics, and how they can be recycled. The key points made in the film are: •We throw away a lot of plastic and most is non-biodegradable. •It can be recycled using mechanical and chemical...

Plastics and Polymers *suitable for home teaching*

This film, from Twig World, looks at how plastics are made and how they can be manipulated to have very different functions. The key points made in the film are: •Plastics are synthetic materials called polymers. •Polymers are made of small molecules called monomers obtained from crude oil. •The plastic's...

Invention of Nylon *suitable for home teaching*

This film, from Twig World, looks at what makes the polymer Nylon so durable. The key points made in the film are: •In the past, clothes were all made from natural sources, such as silk, wool and cotton. •Then Wallace Carothers discovered nylon in 1939. •It was discovered through experimentation with polymers,...

Climate Scientist *suitable for home teaching*

Elizabeth Kendon is a climate scientist at the Met Office, studying extreme weather patterns and the impact they have on Earth. This Department for Education video clip introduces her work and how she uses mathematical modelling to study climate change. She illustrates how skills in science, mathematics and...

Carbon *suitable for home teaching*

In the build-up to the Christmas Lectures in 2012, the Royal Institution published a new video for every day of advent revealing the elements that really excite and inspire people. Structural biologist Professor Stephen Curry talks about the multiple forms of carbon - an element vital for life on earth but one...

Real-world Science: Properties of Hydrocarbons *suitable for home teaching*

These videos, from BP Educational Sevice, illustrate the properties and fractions of hydrocarbons and their nomenclature. The film Properties and Fractions of Hydrocarbons looks at the molecular structure of different fractions of crude oil and how this affects boiling point, melting point, viscosity and...

Life in the Water *suitable for home teaching*

This Cape Farewell video clip shows that phytoplankton and zooplankton have a crucial place in the Arctic food chain which is highly sensitive to change. The Cape Farewell scientists need to study plankton to understand how they respond to global climate change.

Activity A - Food chains uses the Arctic...

Case Study: Horticulture *suitable for home teaching*

Produced for Future Morph, these resources include a video and a classroom activity. In the video, two First Diploma in Horticulture students show how they repot plants and describe the display they helped to produce for the Devon County show. A classroom activity encourages students to clone a plant by taking...

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