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Computers and maths in space

Mathematics plays a vital part in space flight, it gives us a way both to predict what should happen in the future and also ways to measure what’s actually happening in the present, and adapt to it. In this resource we look at a few places where maths helps in space flight. The maths is made simple here (it’s far,...

Colour and Temperature of Stars

This Teaching Astronomy and Space video clip, from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Teachers TV and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), shows how it is possible to illustrate how the light emitted by a star is related to the star's temperature. Using a filamernt lamp and a variable resistor, the...

Colonisation of Mars

Produced in 2015, this resource looks at Human survival in a closed system on Mars. 

Student activities include:

• Identify the basic requirements for Human life on Earth

• Understand the concept of a closed system and understand why the Earth, a space craft and Mars are all closed systems and...

Building Images

In this activity, students create colour images from satellite data. This allows them to study how different surfaces reflect different wavelengths of light, how coloured images are created using an RGB model, and how band combinations can be chosen to examine a particular landscape effectively.

Big Telescopes

The Big Telescopes poster links ground and space based telescopes with the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that they are observing and their locations on Earth or in space.

The poster explains how larger telescopes allow scientists to learn more about the early universe and map our own galaxy with...

Amplification of the Learning Objectives

In separate documents, this resource provides guidance for teachers to plan for progression of students aged 11-16, based on the National Strategies Framework for Secondary Science Learning Objectives. Each learning objective is given further explanation under the heading ‘Pupils could learn to … ’ 

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Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from the side

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from the side

Kinetic theory: 2 - 2 mass x-t

Kinetic theory: 3 - 2 mass x-t

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The Tracker...

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from above

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from above

Kinetic theory: 5 - above 2 mass x-t

Kinetic theory: 4 - above 2 mass x-t

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The...

Kinetic theory: box triboelectric

Kinetic theory: box triboelectric

This video shows ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, attempting to demonstrate the collisions of particles in a gas - kinetic theory.  You can observe the balls being attracted to the side of the box through triboelectric charging. Teachers’ notes can be found here.

Kinetic theory: box top view

Kinetic theory: box top view

Kinetic theory: molecule path track

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The Tracker files are provided in a zip for students or the...

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