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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...

CS4FN Issue 8

This issue of Computer Science for Fun is entitled ‘Computer Science in Space’, and explores the role of computers in space exploration and astronomy.

It includes articles covering:

• Computer scientists working for NASA

• GPS and computer art projects that love your data

• Computers,...

Chemical eruption

Students recreate the reaction of a volcano using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (dilute acetic acid).

Pinhole photography

This resource provides the instructions for making a pinhole camera, taking a photograph and developing the photos in a dark room.

Smartphone projector

In this STEM club activity, students build their own smartphone projector using a mobile phone, shoebox and a magnifying lens.

Fossil making

A STEM club activity where students become a junior palaeontologist and create their own replica of a fossil from the Jurassic period, learning the conditions necessary for fossilisation.

Earthquake proof

In this STEM club activity, students design and build an earthquake-resistant two-storey structure, considering principles of earthquake engineering and design such as the importance of a solid foundation, wide base, symmetrical design and trusses.

Good vibrations

Students can see sound vibrations through these three practical engaging experiments.

Over the rainbow

Students experiment with prisms and 3D cinema glasses to explain some of the interesting properties of light and their cinematic application.

Magic drum

In this activity students make their own zoetrope, which creates the illusion of a moving pictures by rapidly spinning individual static pictures. A movie is traditionally made from 24 frames of individual images played per second to create the moving picture.  Originally a vintage toy from the 1830s, a zoetrope (...


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