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The Dairy Food Chain

These resources from Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) are intended support a visit to a dairy farm by providing activities which aim to raise students’ awareness of the process of business improvement in the food chain and giving advice on how to organise the visit.

In preparation for the farm...

Robots Are Colour Blind

NASA’s Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity were sent to the planet to investigate its geology. Accurate images of the surface were needed so that possible areas to investigate could be selected and then the rover directed towards them. The cameras on board the rovers can only record black and white...

Brine Date

With this resource, students develop observation skills by investigating the phenomenon of ‘mate-guarding’ in brine shrimp. Following a teacher-led discussion, students generate hypotheses. For example, one of the hypotheses may be that larger females pair with larger males.

These may be tested...

Design and Manufacture a Mobile Phone Accessory

This project concentrates on the design and manufacture of a mobile phone accessory using a range of sketching and software, alongside laser cutting and 3D printing processes. Students apply the tools in 123D Design to model the accessory, before manufacturing the product. Students consider the designing and...

Design and Manufacture a Scooter

This scheme of work is intended as an introduction to Autodesk Inventor. It is aimed at students aged 11-14, but is also suitable for students working up to and including post 16 dependent on experience.

The “Scooter” project teaches a range of fundamental Autodesk Inventor skills through a range of project...

Design and Manufacture a USB Pen

The project concentrates on the design and manufacture of a USB flash pen drive using a range of sketching and software, alongside laser cutting and 3D printing processes. Students will apply the tools in AutoCad and Autodesk Inventor to the challenging task of creating a small focused and detailed casing parts,...

Counting Crowds

This two and half minute video, from Twig World, begins by asking how it was estimated that 1.8 million people attended the swearing in ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. Statisticians use a variety of methods to help estimate large crowds, taking into account known values and...

FactPack: Non-Edible Crops

This film, from Twig World, looks at some surprising uses of common crops.

The film illustrates facts about non-edible crops, for example:

•Cotton, flax and hemp are used to produce textiles. •Borage, poppies, lavender and chamomile produce drugs and cosmetics. •Wheat, corn and potato are used for...

Parasitic Plants

This film, from Twig World, looks at different species of parasitic plants.

The key points covered in the film are:

•Parasitic plants derive some or all of their nutrients from other plants. •Some plants latch on and stay in balance with their hosts. •Some kill their hosts. •Examples include...

Plants and Medicine

This film, from Twig World, explores how artichokes, garlic and poppies play an important role in medicine, for pain management and the treatment of disease.

The key points made in the film are:

•The medicinal properties of plants have saved countless lives. •Over half of prescription drugs use...

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