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From the Ground and From the Sky

This activity introduces the idea of remote observation by asking children to match photographs such as lakes, mountains and cities taken from the ground with early astronaut photographs. Children then compare the images from the ground with the astronaut picture of the same place. This activity is also suitable...

Principia Space Diary: looking at Earth from space

This creative writing exercise asks your space apprentices to choose a place on Earth that they have never been to, and imagine what it might be like to visit. They will use a selection of images that Tim Peake took while on board the ISS as visual writing prompts.

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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...

Light sabers presentation and experiments

Presentation on science of lightsabers and comparing them to lasers and plasma torches. Looking at uses of lasers. Experiments on light and colours

Science of Superheroes

Interactive presentations looking at science of superheroes relating to materials science. Materials investigations to choose material for spiderman's web, prison for Magneto etc.

Mars Lander

Presentation about colonising mars - landing and how live there. Group activity to make Mars Lander to safety land egg for height. In addition activity to make parachutes for Mars Lander

Ecology and Simpsons Diversity Index

These activities allow students to model how environmental scientists compare diversity in different ecosystems by using ordinary playing cards as ‘species’ to generate data to calculate Simpson’s Diversity Index.   This can be completed in a single lesson. Some students find the concept of species diversity quite...

How IAA, the most common form of auxin, works Presentation

This presentation, using stills from the animation about the action of IAA, is produced without any text making it useful for teaching and revision.

Components of the immune system

Use this presentation in conjunction with the poster to discuss and understand the role of the components of the immune system.

Health and Climate Change

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine. The Earth's climate is changing ever faster, and human activities play a role in speeding up this change.

The Earth’s climate is changing. In fact, it has always been changing. What is different now is the speed...

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