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Product analysis: impacts on people and the environment

This resource from Practical Action includes a presentation and worksheets which give Key Stage Three and Four students opportunities to understand more about the impact of existing and new products on people and the environment. The presentation is packed with useful activities to reinforce students' learning. The...

QTC - Making the Most of a Novel Material

A Catalyst article about Quantum Tunnelling Composite, a material discovered in 1997 and whose resistance decreases dramatically under pressure. How does it work and what uses will it have? The material has been carefully characterised (to understand its composition and how it works), and its first applications...

Using shape memory alloys

A Catalyst article describing the use of smart materials to help people with disabilities. Many more people with physical and mental disabilities are leading independent lives at home, thanks in part to recent technological developments. The article focuses on one project which makes use of smart materials to help...

Showcasing careers in STEM

An activity where  students use the  Start website to find out which careers are linked to  subjects including science, technology, engineering, D&T and mathematics. In groups the students are asked to  select two  particular STEM careers and create...

Tunnelworks: Key Stage Five Chemistry

Tunnelworks is a series of teaching and learning resources linking mathematics and science to the Thames Tideway Tunnel project, a major new sewer that will help protect the River Thames from increasing pollution. Background to the project is given in the ...

Making stars: fusion

”When you tell people you make stars for a living, their heads turn and their mouths open.” The video features Dr Kim Cave-Ayland who is a control engineer at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE). 

At CCFE they use a tokomak to create a plasma hot enough to fuse hydrogen.  They are working to create a...

Dissection and scientific drawing

The ability to accurately observe, dissect and record an organism is a key skill for biology students. Many students are intimidated by the idea of making a scientific drawing, and struggle to develop their skills in this area.

This resource is designed to meet the specifications for the A-level...

Student Worksheets: Earth, Sun and Moon

The student s activity sheets consist of a set of questions based on these topics: Auroae – aurorae and the solar wind Eratosthenes – determining the Earth’s circumference Lunar and solar eclipses – their differences and drawing diagrams Lunar phases – questions on the Moon’s phases Planet Earth – phases,...

How Old?

Using the data from CensusAtSchool 2006/2007, this data analysis resource looks at trends in life expectancy in populations. Students consider both the primary data collected from CensusAtSchool and secondary data about life expectancy and major causes of death. A plenary asks students to consider what they have...

UTOPIAE - CPD for Advanced Higher Physics/Maths teachers

UTOPIAE presents two...

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