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I Am a Star

This resource is based around the chemical composition of the human body and the origin of elements in the universe. Students can input a mass in the spreadsheet to see what proportion of their mass is from elements created in the Big Bang, in stars and in supernovae. Graphs are also shown for the relative...

Hubble’s law

Produced by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, this collection introduces Hubble’s law and the expansion of the Universe. Included is an online video that discusses how big the Universe is. Material is differentiated for key stage four and key stage five students. The key stage five content links the recessional...

How to Observe an Eclipse Safely

This resource, from the Royal Astronomical Society, explains how to safely view a solar eclipse. It was produced for the 20 March 2015 solar eclipse. Sections include: *What is a solar eclipse? *Solar eclipse terminology - or buzz words *What you'll see *Viewing (safely) using household items *Resource links and...

How the Leopard Gets Its Spots

The animal kingdom contains an abundance of exquisite natural patterns from the stripes of an angelfish to the spots of a leopard. But how do these arise during early development? This Catalyst article looks at Turing mechanisms as a way of explaining how patterns develop as an animal grows.

In 1952, Alan...

How Big Is the Universe?

It is almost impossible for the human mind to grasp just how big the universe is, but astronomer Pete Edwards gives it his best shot in this Teaching Astronomy and Space video from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Teachers TV and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Along the way, he explains how...

Holy Cross

This resource is a review of space related apps for the iPad. The reviews are grouped into 12 sections:

1. Sky viewing

2. Sky viewing plus

3. The Moon

4. The Solar System

5. The Sun

6. Earth Observation

7. Space Missions and other Satellites

8. Deep Space /...

Herschel: Uncovering the Universe

Produced by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), this colour leaflet describes the largest space telescope ever to be launched. The Herschel mission, launched in 2009, reveals how the first stars and galaxies formed. Herschel is observing some of the coldest objects in the Universe. It is the...

GRIP Hurricane Observation Satellite Programme

From NASA, this video shows how the GRIP project is using satellite observations from space to track and understand hurricanes on Earth. It helps to illustrate how satellites are used to monitor the Earth's climate.

Google in Education: a New and Open World for Learning

Produced by Google, this document looks at the company's involvement in supporting education. It illustrates the range of Google's education activities and resources. It also aims to illustrate how Google tools can support learning in a range of curriculum areas including science, technology, engineering and...

Gold Award: Future Travel

These materials look at three possible projects that relate to space exploration:

* Communications project - students gather information about space exploration before making a presentation on the problems to be overcome with past and possible future benefits of space travel

* Practical project -...

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