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Dyes: Industrial scale up

This is a worksheet which looks at various factors which effect the scaling up of laboratory processes to industrial scale in the commercial manufacture of dyes.  Students look at

  • costs of the raw materials for each dye 
  • the percentage yield 
  • size of reaction vessels  
  • energy...

Waste disposal, recycling and land reclamation

 Students are asked to research some of the activities of the local authorities in Somerset and relate them to national issues associated with waste disposal, environmental damage, recycling and conservation.   The activity is intended to be undertaken in small groups which then report back to each other for a...

Distribution and abundance of species

This is a modelling activity where students use sampling techniques to determine the distribution and abundance of organisms in a simulated habitat. Students will simulate the mark–release–recapture technique (Lincoln Index) for estimating population sizes of mobile species. 

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Using blood pressure monitors

These activities provide the standard procedures for methods which may be employed to measure blood pressure at the beginning and end of a fitness programme. Methods are provided for automatic digital devices, for using a manually inflated cuff and stethoscope and for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. 

Researching and planning chemical assays

This A2 level Applied Science resource guides students to research, select and use quantitative chemical analysis techniques to assay the active ingredient of common medicines. There are suggested methods to select from, questions and guided steps for calculations involved. The resource also contains student sheets...

Researching and planning bioassays

This A2 level Applied Science resource guides students to research, select and use bioassay techniques to investigate the action and potency of common medicines. There are suggested methods to select from and adapt, questions to research and guidance on risk assessment that needs to take place. 

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...

Blown to Bits

Casting a critical eye of the wider computing landscape, this book examines the impact of computing technology on society. From a viewpoint based on personal liberty and its loss as ideas of privacy and information are radically transformed, this engaging book serves to fill in the ethical issues behind the...

Interactive techniques

There are over 200 active learning techniques described in this resource, many of which are useful for formative assessment or metacognition.

Not all techniques listed here will have universal appeal, with factors such as your teaching style and personality influencing which ideas may be right...

This collection contains a variety of models and extensive notes and activities by Arthur Owen OBE. 



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