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Survive an Asteroid Impact

For the last few billion years an asteroid has been journeying through the cold expanses of space, on course to hit planet Earth! As it collides with the Earth, it lights up the skies and smashes the ground. Luckily for you, scientists saw it coming and you were evacuated to an underground bunker. Your challenge...

Senior composites engineer

This video introduces Paul, a senior composites engineer for Lola Cars International. Paul explains his role in designing the structures that are made of carbon fibre for race cars such as the one featured in the video. He discusses the love of engineering he had when he was younger and how his maths, physics...

Composites: Designing Materials for the Future

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). Composites are made by physically combining two or more materials. Many composite materials are used to provide strength and rigidity while using thinner, lighter components. However, they...

Invention of Nylon

This film, from Twig World, looks at what makes the polymer Nylon so durable. The key points made in the film are: •In the past, clothes were all made from natural sources, such as silk, wool and cotton. •Then Wallace Carothers discovered nylon in 1939. •It was discovered through experimentation with polymers,...

Design a sports glove

In this resource, students design a new glove for use in a sport of their choice. Students may find it helpful to talk with local people who partake in their chosen sport. The P.E. Department may be able to suggest suitable contacts.

A selection of tests, activities and factsheets are available for the...

Gold award: compare the properties of different fabrics

In this project, students compare the properties of a range of fabrics made from different fibres. The fabrics could be woven or knitted and they could be made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool or synthetic fibres such as nylon. Students should investigate physical properties, such as strength,  tear...

Metals and Smart Alloys

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP).

Metals have been used for many thousands of years, but it was only in the 20th century that an understanding developed of how their properties could be explained in terms of their...

Seeing The Unseen - Radar. Practical, active group activity to discover how basic maths and physics help engineers to "see the unseen"

Group activity involving volunteers moving around a teaching space and using time, distance and speed measurements to locate a student taking on the role of an aircraft. 

Supports the use of Speed = Distance / Time and also the concept of radio waves travelling through space, giving practical meaning to...

Credibility/authority

A credible or authoritative source for papers is characterized by arguments supported by facts obtained through logical reasoning and experimentation. It is the responsibility of a researcher or writer to demonstrate to the reader how he/she arrived at a conclusion.

The credibility of books cannot be...

Tim Peake public presentation

This presentation was produced by the UK Space Agency for Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station in 2015/16.

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