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Floating Garden STEM challenge

This challenge, from Practical Action, requires students to design and build a model structure that will enable farmers to grow crops even in an area that may become flooded. A floating garden, built on a base of aquatic weeds, is a cheap and sustainable way of allowing people to grow vegetables. The resource can...

Ugly Cures *suitable for home teaching*

Chemicals within the cells of living things may provide the basis of a host of treatments in the fight against disease. Two hundred different secretions with medical properties have been isolated from frog skins alone, including antibiotics which could be used to treat resistant strains of disease such as MRSA....

Fat

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine.

Fat is a word that carries a lot of weight, conjuring up topics as diverse as obesity, hibernating animals, and what we eat and how we cook it. This issue of the Big Picture looks at the fats and lipids to find...

Technologies for computational analysis of sports and exercise

This resource focuses on some research data into the prevention of anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) injury. The activities included in this resource will enable students to develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both...

BBC micro:bit – bees and pollination

The BBC micro:bit is a great tool for carrying out surveys that involve quickly counting and recording one or two variables. Using the button inputs provides a simple interface to the device allowing, for instance, quick tallying of the numbers of two different types of bee around a plant. Other examples might...

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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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...

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...

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