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Printing in Three Dimensions

This Catalyst article looks at 3D printing, a new technology which is rapidly finding applications. Although probably too slow for mass production it is useful for producing prototypes and tailor-made items. In a 3D printer, layers of polymer beads are printed one on top of the other. Heat melts the polymer beads...

3D Clock

This resource from Boxford describes the use of SolidWorks CAD software and industry partnerships to develop a 3D clock project targeted at teenagers. It contains two articles written for D&T Practice and sample CAD drawings. Clocking On 1 introduces the challenge set for students and the design process that...

Stephanie Kwolek - Polymer Chemist

Stephanie Kwolek invented the tough polymer Kevlar, used in protective clothing and developed a method for demonstrating the production of nylon in the classroom which is still used today.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1.


QTC - Making the Most of a Novel Material

A Catalyst article about Quantum Tunnelling Composite, a material discovered in 1997 and whose resistance decreases dramatically under pressure. How does it work and what uses will it have? The material has been carefully characterised (to understand its composition and how it works), and its first applications...

Using shape memory alloys

A Catalyst article describing the use of smart materials to help people with disabilities. Many more people with physical and mental disabilities are leading independent lives at home, thanks in part to recent technological developments. The article focuses on one project which makes use of smart materials to help...



An occasional paper by

Dr William Lockitt

Intended audience:

The paper is aimed at raising awareness to the importance of play in education and highlight some of the current research available. It is...

STEM learning secondary and FE magazine: summer 2018

This issue of magazine includes the following articles:

  • Preparing BTEC students for university by Adrian Greenall
  • Future careers in magic by Dave Gibbs
  • What does a good science scheme of learning look like? by Mark Langley
  • Exploring our universe by Tom Lyons
  • Moving...

STEM learning secondary and FE magazine: spring 2018

This issue of the magazine includes the following articles:

  • Have your Pi and eat it too by Michael Anderson
  • Bananas are big business by Ed Walsh
  • The E in STEM by Gill Collinson and Gemma Taylor
  • Celebrating International Darwin Day by Simon Quinnell
  • Applying learning...

Data-logging with BBC micro:bits and MakeCode for modelling with Excel and GeoGebra.

Recent developments in MakeCode now make data-capture from micro:bits very simple via the USB cable.  The data can be graphed in real time in MakeCode and exproted as CSV files.  Using tools such as Excel and GeoGebra's Spreadsheet View, the data can be manipulated, analysed and modelled.  With a pair of...

Careers Based on Science

I have attached two documents which introduce Careers Based on Science, together with information about types of work in science, pathways to qualifications, employers of people with science-based qualifications and a few general pointers about the world of work.

The longer document contains more information...