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Let’s Dissect – the Kidney

This tutorial, from Bristol University’s Let’s Dissect, highlights the structure and function of the kidney and includes a video of a kidney dissection with accompanying narration describing the anatomy. Curriculum links include the excretory system and homeostasis. The process of kidney dialysis is also...

It's the small things in life

Students explore chicken and human health in relation to microorganisms. To do this, they will learn and use microbiological techniques to examine the microbial load of chicken meat. Then they will carry out a survey into chicken consumption, look at alternative protein sources and explore chicken husbandry at home...

Plastic challenge

This resource contains a series of lessons which are designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of plastics and plastic waste on a global scale. Linking to materials and their properties, the environment, recycling and design and technology, they contain investigations and activities aimed at both...

Stop the spread STEM challenge

Stop the spread is a new STEM challenge for students aged 7 to 16. Highlighting the global issue of infectious disease students design, build and test a model of a hand washing device and produce educational materials for children in Kenya to encourage hand washing. It is accredited for the British Science...

Squashed tomato STEM challenge

This Practical Action resource presents a fun hands-on and brains-on challenge for Key Stages Two to Five.

The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local...

Beat the Flood STEM challenge

In this resource, students use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house. Activities to help them with their design include testing materials (for strength and absorbency) and structures. Set on a fictitious island coping with the devastating effects of flooding caused by...

Floating Garden STEM challenge

This challenge, from Practical Action, requires students to design and build a model structure that will enable farmers to grow crops even in an area that may become flooded. A floating garden, built on a base of aquatic weeds, is a cheap and sustainable way of allowing people to grow vegetables. The resource can...

Errors *suitable for home teaching*

The Nuffield Foundation provides this activity which uses examples in the context of shape and space to help students understand how big errors may be, and how errors accumulate when measurements are used in calculations. This is particularly important in scientific contexts. Students are required to find the upper...

Mass Spectroscopy *suitable for home teaching*

This resource looks at how cutting edge science is being used to answer archaeological questions, as well as solving present day problems, such as the identification of meat in processed foods. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA was performed, at the University of York, on samples from skeletal remains unearthed by the...

Evolution - 'Descent with Modification' *suitable for home teaching*

In this activity from ARKive students look for similarities between the basic body plan of different vertebrates as evidence of evolutionary change.

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