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Feeding a growing world

Students examine the sugar content of potatoes in relation to emerging interest in the carcinogen acrylamide produced when potatoes are cooked at high temperatures. Employing cutting-edge techniques to genetically modify E. coli bacteria, they will insert the jellyfish gfp gene to make the...

Fire and ice

This resource presents some real seismic data recorded before a volcanic eruption and allows students to locate some of the resulting earthquakes by use of graphs and maps.

Curriculum links include waves, longitudinal and transverse waves, S waves, P waves, disaster relief, earthquake detection

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Cyber Security Starter Activities

This resource consists of two starter activities, the Cyber Security Diamond asks students to take 9 statements relating to Cyber Security and rank them (in a diamond layout) from most to least important. The Social Engineering Activity contains four definitions of types of social engineering activity and asks...

The Cell *suitable for home teaching*

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the ‘Big Picture’ explores issues around biology and medicine.​

This resource includes videos, activities, articles and a poster covering aspects of cell biology for post-16 students. The aspects of cell biology covered include: cell structure, cell signalling, cell...

Wellcome Trust: Tree of life *suitable for home teaching*

Produced by the Wellcome Trust, these resources include an interactive evolutionary tree and a video of the Tree of Life. These materials will help students to find out more about the work of Charles Darwin and evolution. The resources contain:

Tree of life video: The video is a short...

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...

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...

Who Are You? *suitable for home teaching*

The Linnaean collections hold many types of specimens (the first member of species to be scientifically described) for taxonomic study. Making use of the Linnaean collection online, this worksheet focuses on Hymenoptera (including bees, wasps and ants). It looks at the importance of the hymenopterans, particularly...

What's in a Name? *suitable for home teaching*

This worksheet in this resource introduces students to the topics of classification and binomial nomenclature. The idea of hierarchy is illustrated, before explaining Linnaeus’s system of classification and the terms kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species. There is also a useful introduction to...

Investigating the Concept of a Niche *suitable for home teaching*

From Nelson Thornes, these activities encourage students to consider their understanding of an ecological niche. Students investigate the idea of a niche and look at the concepts of a fundamental niche and a realised niche. They are also asked to use information on a particular species’ niche, to predict where we...

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