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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...

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...

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...

Kitchen Science

From the Science Museum, this resource contains a booklet of science activities using everyday ingredients, with notes for teachers. The booklet contains step-by-step instructions for science activities and experiments that are safe and easy to do in the classroom or at home. The individual activities allow...

You Reckon?

In this activity students are introduced the idea of Plausible Estimation (PE). PE underpins major decisions made in private and public lives. PE tasks allow students to appreciate how powerful simple mathematics can be when making decisions about important topics by solving problems faced by aid agencies,...

Speed Cameras

In this activity, students are presented with the question: “Do speed cameras reduce road casualties – or not?”. The activity is set in the context of media reporting to explore ideas of randomness, probability and drawing conclusions from data. A secondary theme is the mathematical modelling of a real situation....

Sending Texts

This Nuffield investigation involves determining the number of text messages sent if four people send texts to each other, and then extending this for different numbers of people.

*Key processes applicable to this activity are:

*Representing - choosing method of representation to show the texts sent...

Save a Baby Kangaroo

In this activity students take on the role of an adult in the Australian Outback who whilst out horse riding finds a female kangaroo that has just been killed on the road by a passing truck. Her joey is still alive in her pouch. Through video clips, photographs and data, students become familiar with a range of...

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