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The Transit Method

In this activity, developed by the Institute of Physics, students use a lamp and polystyrene balls to model how astronomers detect exoplanets using the transit method. After completing this activity, students should: *Understand that the transit of a planet in front of its star temporarily reduces the star’s...

Introduction To Computer Programming

Introduction To Computer Programming using Basic progamming language.

Basic is a simple language emulating the more complex languages used in commerce and industry for financial mamagement, etc.

The exercise covers input, print, output, +, -, X,  ÷ , =, <, >, <> , if...then, while...wned,...

The Safety Deposit Vault

This is an exercise with complex spreadsheets and mail-merged documents. It is based on an actual implementation in a vaut with over 1500 boxes of different sizes.

The simplified example uses nine boxes of three different sizes, each has the price for annual box rental.

Also recorded are the renters'...

Fan or Turbine Efficiency

A practical challenge for pupils based on a Design Council finalist project carried out by a 17 year-old.

The project includes the need for the pupils to provide a full report on their work.

 

Fun-Size

These Fun-Size materials, from the Association for Science Education (ASE) are short 5-15 minute activities that enliven lessons. These are part of the SYCD AKA Science collection. They range from short games and word plays through to quick demonstrations. Fun-size is particularly useful when you are working...

Exoplanet atmospheres

In this activity developed by the Institute of Physics, students use simple diffraction gratings to observe the spectra from different sources, and deduce how scientists can work out which chemicals are present in an exoplanet’s atmosphere. When an exoplanet passes in front of its star, some of the starlight is...

Day and Night, Seasons

In this activity developed by the Institute of Physics, students model the motion of a planet around a star and investigate how day and night and seasons may be different on other planets. Working in pairs or small groups, students demonstrate night and day and seasons to each other. They can then go on to model...

Orthographic Projection

Here are some resources that I have used to support the teaching of orthographic projection in D&T.

2D Design Tutorial

This is a tutorial for 2D Design with tasks set at certain stages throughout the tutorial.

Planet Density

In this activity developed by the Institute of Physics, students use iron and sand to model the composition of the Earth and estimate what fraction of the Earth is occupied by its iron core. After completing this activity, students should be able to: *Measure mass and volume. *Calculate density from mass and volume...

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