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Nebulae

This resource contains stunning images of nebulae, produced by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The images include:

* View of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42), lying about 1,350 light-years from Earth, taken with the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.

* A...

Naked Astronomy

Produced by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), these naked Scientist podcasts look at physics questions in an amusing but also informative way.

The oldest light in the Universe • The Planck mission which measures the cosmic microwave background. • Mapping the surface of...

Moving About in Space

Supported by the UK Space Agency, this podcast from Fun Kids Radio, answers questions from children about space. Rodrick from Qinetiq answers the question “How do spaceships and satellites move around once they are up there?”. Rodrick talks about the use of ion thrusters as one possible way to do this. Luke from...

Internet, Spacesuits and Cooking

Supported by the UK Space Agency, this podcast from Fun Kids Radio, answers questions from children about space. Astronaut Tim Peake answers “Do you have e-mail and internet on board the International Space Station?”, “What are spacesuits made of?” and “How do you cook in space?”

How Do You Become an Astronaut?

Supported by the UK Space Agency, this podcast from Fun Kids Radio, answers questions from children about space. Astronaut Tim Peake answers the question “How did you become an astronaut?” and Matthew Evans from Reaction Engines, talks about the space plane that they are developing, that could increase global space...

How Are Mirrors Made?

This film, from Twg World, looks at the process of manufacturing glass into sophisticated mirror systems in the world's largest telescopes.

The key points made in the film are:

•Mirrors are made from glass, which is melted and spread over a base.

•Telescopes use mirrors to focus light onto a...

Activity 3: Rethinking the System

This activity, from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, follows the format of a ‘Dragon’s Den’ competition. It aims develop student’s understanding of responsible product development and how the principles of the circular economy can be applied to current business practice. Case studies of existing products are...

Wind Turbine Role Play

There is much debate about reducing greenhouse gases and how renewable energy sources might form part of the answer. Most people agree that renewable energy is a good thing, but how do people react when a wind farm is proposed to be built near them? The following activity puts students into different roles which...

Pixel Perfection

This investigation from Cre8ate maths involves students in finding the best size screen for a television. If you have a large flat screen and view a standard analogue or digital picture the individual pixels are visible if you are sitting too close to the screen. Working in small groups of 3 or 4, students measure...

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,...

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