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Aspects of Secondary Students’ Understanding of Chemistry

The report from the Children’s Learning in Science Project (CLIS) gives an account of a number of aspects of students’ understanding of chemistry including:
*What meanings do students attribute to the terms ‘element’, ‘mixture’ and ‘compound’?
*What meanings do students attribute to commonly used...

Engineering enables

The development of running blades has greatly enhanced the running ability of amputees and people born without legs.  In this actvitiy students learn more about how the inventor of running blades applied the scientific concept of potential elastic energy and biomimicry to design a high performance prosthetic leg....

Emergency Shelter

This Nuffield task is to design an emergency shelter, using a 4m x 3m rectangular piece of tent material, to protect three people from wind and rain.

The key processes developed include:

*Representing - recognising where mathematics can help with the design of the shelter, for example: choosing,...

Electromagnetic Math

This series of activities from NASA take a mathematical approach to looking at electromagnetic radiation. They are intended as supplementary problems for students looking for additional challenges in mathematics and physical science from age 11 to 19 years. The problems were created to be authentic glimpses of...

Einstein's Birthday Party

Aimed at primary level, the twelve activities within this pack explore forces and solids, liquids and gases in the context of a birthday party for Albert Einstein. Designed to demonstrate key ideas and concepts and to spark an interest in science, they could be used in class or within a science week or club. The...

Eco Tourism

These Cre8ate maths activities involve complex analysis of information, a variety of calculations and the need to handle mixture of units, moving between grams, kilograms and tonnes. These activities are designed to give pupils an insight into the relative cost to the environment of travel and to highlight ways in...

Earth Sun Moon Distances

Basketball Earth
This resource uses a basketball as the Earth to set up a scale model to the distance to the Moon, satellites and distances such as the thickness of the atmosphere and the height of transatlantic jets. Students must do a card matching exercise to match objects to...

Earth Math

This series of activities from NASA take a mathematical approach to looking at the Earth and its atmosphere. They are intended as supplementary problems for students looking for additional challenges in mathematics and physical science from age 11 to 19 years.

The problems were created to be authentic...

Drinks Cans

Drinks cans are made by stamping out circular discs from a sheet of tin. Given the dimensions of the sheet of tin and the diameter of the circle stamped out, students are required to calculate the wastage and to investigate whether there is a more efficient method. The problem requires students to be able to...

Domestic Science

Aimed at primary level, this pack investigates the science in everyday life. They investigate a range of topics including: irreversible reactions involved in cooking, the density of liquids, microorganisms, properties of materials and electricity. Designed to demonstrate key ideas and concepts and to spark an...

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