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The James Dyson Foundation: Ideas Box

This resource aims to get students excited about engineering. Students begin by considering “What is a design engineer” and then embark on a design hunt in the classroom to find an everyday object that can be improved and redesigned.

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...

Colour experiments

Demonstation on colour and light, and experiment to make a colour wheel spinner. Suitable for reception children.

Ecology and Simpsons Diversity Index

These activities allow students to model how environmental scientists compare diversity in different ecosystems by using ordinary playing cards as ‘species’ to generate data to calculate Simpson’s Diversity Index.   This can be completed in a single lesson. Some students find the concept of species diversity quite...

Mission to Mars

In this DIY Faraday Challenge, students are asked to work in teams to design and construct the rocket which will transport supplies via Earth orbit to the astronauts on Mars. They are also required to build a system to transport the rocket to the launch site. Students must also show high manufacturing quality...

Lung function testing

Medical professionals use lung function test to diagnose and monitor lung diseases. In these activities, students investigate how these tests are carried out and determine some of the factors which might affect the results. They will work with a partner to use a peak flow meter and a spirometer.

Comparing thermometers or blood pressure monitors

In this activity, students plan an investigation to compare two clinical thermometers or two blood pressure devises.   They will need to investigate:

  • the key features needed by a clinical thermometer or blood pressure monitor. The generic features required by physiological measuring devices are...

What's In My Tray? From Gratnells Learning Rooms

What's In My Tray? is a collection of free practical resources from Gratnells Learning Rooms covering science, outdoor learning, STEM and more.

The What's In My Tray? actviities support and enable curriculum-based practical work both inside and outside of the classroom.

To access more then 100 free...

Video on the Physics of Food - No ordinary yogurt

Why is set yogurt a solid, while milk is a liquid? That's because it's a gel!

Discover the magic of yogurt-making in this video

The video here is just a cut of the...

Build a Dome

Many structures are built around frameworks made of straight, rigid pieces of wood or metal, called members, connected together. Forces generated in the members support the structure. In this activity, drinking straws are used as members, to make a self-supporting dome.

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