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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...

Wellcome Trust: Tree of life *suitable for home teaching*

Produced by the Wellcome Trust, these resources include an interactive evolutionary tree and a video of the Tree of Life. These materials will help students to find out more about the work of Charles Darwin and evolution. The resources contain:

Tree of life video: The video is a short...

Fractional Distillation *suitable for home teaching*

This film, form Twig World, looks at how the industrial process of fractional distillation transforms crude oil into a variety of products, from plane fuel to road surfacing. The key points made in the film are: •Extraction of crude oil from Fractional Distillation gives us many useful products. •First it is...

What is a Volcano?

This film, from Twig World, looks at the cycle of lava as a destructive and constructive force, building the structure of volcanoes and powering their devastating impact. The key points made in the film are: •Volcanoes are landforms that occur along plate boundaries. •Volcanoes consist of a magma chamber, main...

What is 3D printing?

This video provides a great overview to 3D printing, looking first at different ways of manufacture, before explaining the 3D printing process. The video is presented by the Head of the Institute for Manufacturing, Professor Tim Minshall, and would well as an introduction to 3D printing or as a revision video...

Born to Engineer - Ben Ryan

This video tells the story of Sol and Ben Ryan. Sol had to have his arm amputated after he was born. When his father Ben saw the prosthetics that were available for small children, he knew that it wasn’t good enough for his son. 

Ben learned product design and engineering skills and with the support of the...

Career Clips: Forces and motion in computer games. *suitable for home teaching*.

From the Institute of Physics, this seven minute film showcases how an understanding of forces and motion is required to develop certain video games. It looks at the work of a company which develops computer models that ensure objects and people in video games adhere to real world laws of motion. The work is an...

Cell Signalling *suitable for home teaching*

Produced in 2014, this resource looks at cell signalling when the hormone adrenaline binds to receptors on the surface of the target cell. The resource sheets describe how the original hormonal signal is amplified through a cascade reaction.

Supporting videos explain key areas of working scientifically,...

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...

Plants and Medicine: Aspirin *suitable for home teaching*

This film, from Twig World, looks at the history of aspirin, which can be traced back to the Egyptians, where it comes from and what makes it so special. The key points made in the film are: •Aspirin originates from an ancient plant remedy used by the Egyptians. •They chewed willow bark to relieve pain and fever...

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