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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...

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...

Silver Award: Squeaky Clean

These materials look at three possible projects that relate to cleaning products and tackling microbes that spread disease: * Communications project - students act as health promotion specialists trying to persuade people about the need to wash hands after using the toilet. * Practical project - students...

Salters' Chemistry Club: which glue is stronger?

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, students make different types of glue and test which is the strongest. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity.

Salters' Chemistry Club: what colour are leaves really?

This resource describes activities for an informal chemistry club. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity. In this activity, students investigate the different pigments in leaves using chromatography.

Salters' Chemistry Club: washing soda stalactites

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, students grow stalactites from sodium carbonate. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity.

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