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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...

QTC: A Remarkable New Material to Control Electricity

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). QTC (Quantum Tunnelling Composite) looks rather ordinary, but this rubbery black material shows remarkable properties. When squeezed its electrical resistance drops, and this...

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Produced for Future Morph, this resource includes a video in which a student talks about his course in electrical and electronic engineering. He describes how one project was to make and test a circuit that included a light-sensitive resistor. A second activity describes a class experiment...

Case Study: Landbased Technology

Produced for Future Morph, this short video shows the activities of a student studying a National Diploma in Land Based Technology at Bicton College. The student describes how the course develops skills in the maintenance and repair of machinery such as tractors, commercial vehicles and other agricultural...

Magic Melting Ice Cubes

Simon Quinnell, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, shows how to carry out some ‘magic’ at the Christmas dinner table using ice cubes, a plastic chopping board and a frying pan.

When asked to feel the plastic and the metal, people usually describe the plastic as warmer to the touch. They...

Jelly Liquidiser

In this Christmas table experiment, Simon Quinnell, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, demonstrates why pineapple should not be added to jelly. When he adds pineapple to a bowl of jelly, the jelly liquefies due to the action of an enzyme in the fruit which breaks down the gelatin.

This is...

Jumping Candle Flame

Simon Quinnell, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, shows how to carry out some ‘magic’ at the Christmas dinner table using a candle and a match.

After letting the candle burn for a minute, Simon blows the flame out so that the smoke continues to rise above it. Then when a match is placed...

Magic Gas

Simon Quinnell, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, demonstrates the properties of gases in this surprising Christmas table experiment. He drops an effervescent digestion tablet into a wine glass containing some water to generate carbon dioxide.

The carbon dioxide is heavier than air, and...

Demonstrations for the Christmas Dinner Table

In this National STEM Learning Centre and Network video, Simon Quinnell demonstrates four experiments, with the theme of Christmas, that teachers can do in the school laboratory.

These are:* Tea bag convection - see how a burning teabag mysteriously rises on convection currents in the air around it.* The...

Flying Tinsel

Simon Quinnell, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, demonstrates static electricity and charge using a balloon and a piece of plastic tinsel. Rubbing the balloon on a jumper builds up a negative charge on its surface.

When the positively charged tinsel is dropped onto the surface of the...

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