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Colour and Temperature of Stars

This Teaching Astronomy and Space video clip, from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Teachers TV and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), shows how it is possible to illustrate how the light emitted by a star is related to the star's temperature. Using a filamernt lamp and a variable resistor, the...

Building Images

In this activity, students create colour images from satellite data. This allows them to study how different surfaces reflect different wavelengths of light, how coloured images are created using an RGB model, and how band combinations can be chosen to examine a particular landscape effectively.

Build the Station Simulation

With just a few materials, building a paper model of the International Space Station (ISS) can become a class project. This publication contains a brief overview of the ISS, its parts, the science that occurs on board, instructions, and extension fact sheets. Learn about the ISS, explore fun facts, simulate...

Big Telescopes

The Big Telescopes poster links ground and space based telescopes with the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that they are observing and their locations on Earth or in space.

The poster explains how larger telescopes allow scientists to learn more about the early universe and map our own galaxy with...

AstroZoo

This activity requires students to use computer software to try to save a space borne tourist attraction, AstroZoo, which has various exotic space creatures, but has fallen on hard times. The zoo was once a great success, but bad management has seen oxygen reserves exhausted, creature enclosures overpopulated,...

Amplification of the Learning Objectives

In separate documents, this resource provides guidance for teachers to plan for progression of students aged 11-16, based on the National Strategies Framework for Secondary Science Learning Objectives. Each learning objective is given further explanation under the heading ‘Pupils could learn to … ’ 

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Tardigrades in space

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in 2015, focused on the topic of human spaceflight.  The activities linked to the clip on tardigrades are differentiated for lower and upper secondary students.  They are designed to enhance biology lessons on DNA damage and repair, or physics lessons on the danger of...

Rocket fuel

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in 2015, focused on the topic of human spaceflight.  The activities linked to the clip on rockets are differentiated for lower and upper secondary students.  They are designed to enhance chemistry lessons on combustion, carbon chains, or chemical formulae.  Presenter Kevin...

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from the side

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from the side

Kinetic theory: 2 - 2 mass x-t

Kinetic theory: 3 - 2 mass x-t

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The Tracker...

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from above

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from above

Kinetic theory: 5 - above 2 mass x-t

Kinetic theory: 4 - above 2 mass x-t

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The...

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