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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: box triboelectric

Kinetic theory: box triboelectric

This video shows ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, attempting to demonstrate the collisions of particles in a gas - kinetic theory.  You can observe the balls being attracted to the side of the box through triboelectric charging. Teachers’ notes can be found here.

Prepare your own Solar Cell

Renewable energy is generally considered as being from an energy resource that is replaced rapidly by a natural process such as power generated from the sun or from the wind. Most renewable forms of energy, other than geothermal and wave power, ultimately come from the sun. Visible light can be converted directly...

Molecules in Outer Space

In this activity, students use images, discussion and a team exercise to learn about molecules in space - leading them on to the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe. Students should be able to explain that:

*new substances are formed when atoms combine

*substances with covalent bonds may...

Molecules of Life

This resource includes a suite of games designed to promote thinking, learning and understanding as well as being enjoyable and engaging. They are all based around molecules that play key roles in life on Earth.

In the MolyMod video, Steve Althorpe...

Mission: Starlight

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry,  is about protecting astronauts from the effects of harmful UV light.

 

Students can experiment with different materials to discover which blocks UV light the best and can...

Lift Off!

This resource, from the European Space Agency, contains exercises in physics and chemistry based on real space data, designed for secondary schools. The exercises and data were developed and checked by ESA space scientists and engineers. They are most appropriate for students at Post 16 level. There are a total of...

Life in the Freezer

If there is life elsewhere in our solar system it’s likely to live in a pretty cold environment. In this resource, students investigate the effect of antifreeze on the freezing point of water and how it can allow fragile cells to survive extreme cold. In the video, Judith Green explains how students can plan an...

I Am a Star

This resource is based around the chemical composition of the human body and the origin of elements in the universe. Students can input a mass in the spreadsheet to see what proportion of their mass is from elements created in the Big Bang, in stars and in supernovae. Graphs are also shown for the relative...

How the Leopard Gets Its Spots

The animal kingdom contains an abundance of exquisite natural patterns from the stripes of an angelfish to the spots of a leopard. But how do these arise during early development? This Catalyst article looks at Turing mechanisms as a way of explaining how patterns develop as an animal grows.

In 1952, Alan...

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