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Understanding Satellite Images

This is a suite of six units of work developed for progressive exploration of digital images and satellite data. The first three units provide an introduction to the fundamentals of manipulating digital images. In the latter three units students apply this foundation knowledge to process and analyse satellite...

Plants

This issue of Big Picture provides lots of interesting information about flowering plants and their uses. 

The plant hormones animation explores the action of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and shows how scientists used experimental evidence to explain the role of auxins in a phototrophic response.

The...

What is 3D printing?

This video provides a great overview to 3D printing, looking first at different ways of manufacture, before explaining the 3D printing process. The video is presented by the Head of the Institute for Manufacturing, Professor Tim Minshall, and would well as an introduction to 3D printing or as a revision video...

Born to Engineer - Ben Ryan

This video tells the story of Sol and Ben Ryan. Sol had to have his arm amputated after he was born. When his father Ben saw the prosthetics that were available for small children, he knew that it wasn’t good enough for his son. 

Ben learned product design and engineering skills and with the support of the...

Secondary Case Studies

These three case studies look at aspects of the Rolls-Royce business and how it expands and develops its activities through acquisition plans, knowledge of it's place in a competitive world and partnerships with other organisations. The case studies were produced by the Times and was part of a series investigating...

Career Clips: Forces and motion in computer games. *suitable for home teaching*.

From the Institute of Physics, this seven minute film showcases how an understanding of forces and motion is required to develop certain video games. It looks at the work of a company which develops computer models that ensure objects and people in video games adhere to real world laws of motion. The work is an...

Friction

This simulation can be used to demonstrate how friction causes a material to heat up and melt. It shows how when two objects are rubbed together they heat up. When one reaches the melting temperature, particles break free as the material melts away. Sample learning objectives include: *Describe a model for friction...

Vectors *suitable for home teaching*

Mathcentre provide these resources which cover aspects of vectors and are suitable for students studying mathematics at A Level, as well as those students for whom mathematics is an integral part of their course. Some of the topics covered include an introduction to vectors, calculating the vector and scalar...

An Old Principle Saves Energy *suitable for home teaching*

From Nelson Thornes, this resource helps students studying physics at post-16, A2 level. In this activity students read a short passage, on the workings of a condensing boiler, then answer questions on latent heat and specific heat capacity. The calculations should improve their comprehension and estimation skills...

What Causes the Aurora? *suitable for home teaching*

This article from Catalyst looks at aurora borealis caused by the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetic field. It also explains how satellites are testing thoeires of how this happens. Auroral light emission occurs at roughly 100 km altitude. Energetic electrons in the solar wind cause the...

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