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Meteorite investigators

In this lesson, students will investigate some of the meteorites and associated rocks in the loan box. They will test them for magnetism, do a visual analysis and measure their mass to calculate the densities of their items. This activity is particularly geared towards getting students to estimate the volume of the...

The Eduspace Image Catalogue Viewer

The Eduspace Image Catalogue Viewer offers access to ArcExplorer which is a freeware used to display and analyse layers of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).  ArcExplorer is a geographic data explorer developed by Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI). ArcExplorer can be used to view and...

Wind Tunnel Testing

In this activity, students explore the requirements of aerodynamic design through testing simple shapes in a wind tunnel and explain the link between the test results from a wind tunnel and air resistance. The activity focuses on students acquiring an understanding of aerodynamics through testing, experimenting and...

Welding with Chocolate

This activity, from The Welding Institute, gives students the opportunity to build structures made from chocolate. In the example given, a box-section is compared with a flat plank of chocolate, to see which is the strongest when spanning a gap. The structures are readily related to the context of bridge-building....

Design a robotic ‘ball boy’

In this project, students will develop an automatic ‘ball boy’ for tennis or cricket practice. They could also decide to make the robot for something entirely different - the scope is endless, and it’s up to them what you do! 

Gold award: a balanced diet

The aim of this project is to design a menu for somebody with a nutritional disorder. The project is split into two main sections. The first is very much research-based, finding out about a nutritional disorder. The second involves analytical chemistry and biology, as you will conduct food tests. Finally, students ...

Young's modulus of copper wire

This is an widely used investigation where you determine the Young's modulus of a piece of copper wire. This can be expanded to test other wires or materials and helps students with their measurement techniques.

Wheatstone bridge

The aim of this investigation is to find the value of a number of resistors using a Wheatstone bridge.  Although this is an historical piece of equipment that has been superseded by modern methods it provides an excellent way to understand potential difference in circuits.

Viscosity: Stoke's law

This investigation can be linked to density which is taught at GCSE and show how this is built on.  The aim is to determine the coefficient of viscosity of a viscous liquid such as glycerol, but this could be expanded to different liquids.

Thermocouple

This experiment allows you to investigate the boiling point of brine and the melting point of lead using a potentiometer arrangement. An alternative approach using digital voltmeters is also included at the bottom of the sheet.

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