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Build a robot buggy

In this project students learn to build a robot buggy using a Raspberry Pi. It contains detailed tutorials that cover:How to setup a motor controller board with two motorsHow to control motors using PythonHow to build a robot chassisThese activities are aimed at students aged 14-18.  The programming...
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Emotional robot

A short starter activity for students of all ages. It would make a good introduction to lessons on robotics or artificial intelligence and could spark a discussion on how neural networks might be used to create human-like behaviour?. Equally, when discussing HCI design, it might move the debate beyond keyboard and...
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How does your home network work?

This resource contains an unplugged activity to model how home networks work. It builds up to increasingly more complex networks, adding in details such as routers, wifi aceess points and the internet along the way. The lesson plan contains links to the Progression Pathways documentation, and differentiation ideas for...
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Support for Science Mark

These short videos provide vital information on how each of the Science Mark criterion for secondary schools is assessed.Teaching and learning

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Achieving good practical science through extended projects

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation recently launched Good Practical Science, a new report outlining ten benchmarks for secondary schools to transform practical science education in England.All Saints RC School in York was praised as an example of best practice for the role played by extended investigative projects in...
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Microscopy

Simon Quinnell demonstrates how to use a microscope and how to focus an image.

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What will improve a student's memory?

A cognitive scientist answers the question: I often have students tell me that they studied for a test, meaning that they reviewed their notes and the textbook, but they still did not do well. If they have reviewed the material, why don’t they remember it? Is there anything I can do to help them study more...
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Evaluating statements about radicals

This lesson develops concepts relating to radicals. In particular, students will enhance their understanding of:Use the properties of exponents, including rational exponents and manipulate algebraic statements involving radicals.Discriminate between equations and identities.In this lesson there is also the (optional)...
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Trigonometric functions

This short task contains two questions on applying trigonometry.The topics covered are:Linking sine, cosine and tangentUsing Pythagoras to determine a length in a triangle and then give the tangent of an angle in surd formUsing the Pythagorean identity sin2(x) + cos2(x) = 1 to find the value of cos(x) if sin2(x) +...
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Calculating arcs and areas of sectors in circles

This lesson develops the concept of finding areas of sectors. In particular students will:Find perimeters, areas, and arc lengths of sectors using formulasFind the relationships between arc lengths, and areas of sectors after scalingUsing radiansThe initial challenge shows three concentric circles with twelve equally...
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