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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...

From the Ground and From the Sky

This activity introduces the idea of remote observation by asking children to match photographs such as lakes, mountains and cities taken from the ground with early astronaut photographs. Children then compare the images from the ground with the astronaut picture of the same place. This activity is also suitable...

Principia Space Diary: looking at Earth from space

This creative writing exercise asks your space apprentices to choose a place on Earth that they have never been to, and imagine what it might be like to visit. They will use a selection of images that Tim Peake took while on board the ISS as visual writing prompts.

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Is There Anyone Out There?

This resource was funded by the UK Space Agency and developed by ESERO-UK and CIEC Promoting Science. It is based upon the quest to discover more about the solar system through space projects such as the European Space Agency’s Aurora programme, and NASA’s Curiosity mission seeking to gather evidence of life on the...

Logo intro worksheets

Differentiated editable Worksheets that can be used with any Logo interface eg TurtleAcademy, StarLogo, PurpleMash Logo. Worksheet 1 can also be used with Probotix as it doesn't use the ARC command.

For an extra challenge, learners could "translate" the Logo commands into Python Turtle commands.

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Light sabers presentation and experiments

Presentation on science of lightsabers and comparing them to lasers and plasma torches. Looking at uses of lasers. Experiments on light and colours

Science of Superheroes

Interactive presentations looking at science of superheroes relating to materials science. Materials investigations to choose material for spiderman's web, prison for Magneto etc.

Materials lesson

Notes for talking about materials, instructons sheet and table to complete for materials investigations

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...

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