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A life in science: Katherine Johnson

This Catalyst article focuses on Katherine Johnson, who was one of a number of black American women whose work as 'computers' made NASA's early work possible.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2017, Volume 27, Issue 3.

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Animate materials

Animate materials can sense, move, change shape, and adapt to their environment to fulfil particular goals. Across the scientific world, researchers are developing tools and ideas, many of them inspired by the mechanisms of nature, to create materials that have lifelike properties.

This set of resources,...

Big ideas: the future of engineering in schools

The Big Ideas: the future of engineering in schools report, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, reflects the views of leading engineering education experts and key stakeholders such as employers, parents and students. It proposes that students should be explicitly taught about engineering and the...

Teacher guide: enabling project based learning

This pack is intended to support teachers. This resource is focused on how to effectively recruit and engage STEM Ambassadors.

Project-based learning is a teaching method which...

STEM Ambassadors: enabling project based learning

This pack is intended to support STEM Ambassadors. This resource will explain how you can be an effective project mentor and how you can provide this support remotely....

James Webb Space Telescope Guide

Designed for teachers and STEM Ambassadors, this guide to the James Webb Space Telescope contains sections on the design of the spacecraft and instruments, and the science objects of the mission.  Advice on which information is appropriate for primary and secondary level is included.

The Webb Telescope in Fusion 360

These guides contain instructions on how to build a 3D CAD model of the Webb Space Telescope using Fusion 360. The Webb Space Telescope is a space telescope that will be...

I Am a Star *suitable for home teaching*

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...

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...

Electron Diffraction Tube

In this video, produced by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network and the Institute of Physics, Alom Shaha explains the elements of an electron diffraction tube and how to use one to demonstrate a diffraction pattern. The video is aimed at teachers but it could also be used with older students to...

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