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Hydraulic Propagator

The Propagator project introduces students to hydraulic systems and their inner workings. Using a few household items and craft materials, students can build a propagator with a basic hydraulic system that will help them care for their seedlings.

At primary level, the set up of a propagator needs to...

Mission: Starlight

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry,  is about protecting astronauts from the effects of harmful UV light.

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Life of water

The resources in this pack detail a series of experiments teachers can run with their class ...

Magic Melting Ice Cubes

Simon Quinnell, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, shows how to carry out some ‘magic’ at the Christmas dinner table using ice cubes, a plastic chopping board and a frying pan.

When asked to feel the plastic and the metal, people usually describe the plastic as warmer to the touch. They...

Jelly Liquidiser

In this Christmas table experiment, Simon Quinnell, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, demonstrates why pineapple should not be added to jelly. When he adds pineapple to a bowl of jelly, the jelly liquefies due to the action of an enzyme in the fruit which breaks down the gelatin.

This is...

Jumping Candle Flame

Simon Quinnell, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, shows how to carry out some ‘magic’ at the Christmas dinner table using a candle and a match.

After letting the candle burn for a minute, Simon blows the flame out so that the smoke continues to rise above it. Then when a match is placed...

Magic Gas

Simon Quinnell, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, demonstrates the properties of gases in this surprising Christmas table experiment. He drops an effervescent digestion tablet into a wine glass containing some water to generate carbon dioxide.

The carbon dioxide is heavier than air, and...

Demonstrations for the Christmas Dinner Table

In this National STEM Learning Centre and Network video, Simon Quinnell demonstrates four experiments, with the theme of Christmas, that teachers can do in the school laboratory.

These are:* Tea bag convection - see...

Primary Science Activities for Winter

In this National STEM Learning Centre and Network video, Zoe Crompton shows two activities that primary teachers can use in the winter. Each one involves using snow or ice. The first activity is inspired by the question "Why do we put salt on the roads?" It demonstrates a fair test to compare the effectiveness of...

Flying Tinsel

Simon Quinnell, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, demonstrates static electricity and charge using a balloon and a piece of plastic tinsel. Rubbing the balloon on a jumper builds up a negative charge on its surface.

When the positively charged tinsel is dropped onto the surface of the...

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