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Aluminium

A Catalyst article about aluminium, a shiny silvery metal, which is extracted from its ore by electrolysis. Further addition of other metallic elements results in an alloy, which can be cast into various shapes using moulds. The article looks at the processes of extraction, casting, patterns, moulds and finishing...

Oil Refining

This Catalyst article looks at oil production in Trinidad and Tobago. The oil refining process and method are explained. The article also investigates the resulting human impact on the environment.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2003, Volume 13, Issue 4.

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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...

Fireworks: an Explosive Business

This Catalyst article looks at fireworks and their history, how they are made and set off, and what gives them their colours and effects. The basic chemistry used in fireworks is looked at and how they work once the fuse is ignited.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2002, Volume 13, Issue 2...

ENTHUSE partnership impact report 2017

ENTHUSE Partnership funding enables groups of four to eight schools and colleges to work together, with support from STEM Learning on a two-year intensive programme to raise aspiration and achievement in STEM subjects. Each Partnership can access up to £20,000 worth of support, including face-to-face CPD, in-school...

Professional registration for higher education technicians

Becoming professionally registered is an important milestone for any technician. It proves your knowledge, understanding and competence as a technicians and looks great on your CV. We’ve put together this resource to support higher education technicians with funding bodies who can offer them professional...

What were the Egyptian pyramids made from?

A team activity that results in team debating how the pyramids were actually built.

Teams work on either a case for Dimensional Stone, cut from a quarry face and transported to site while the other team build a case for an early precast work, hydraulic lime morter was cast in situ blocks and erected on the...

Ready to grow: business priorities for education and skills

This is the third education and skills survey published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The survey provides an authoritative barometer of business opinion on key education and skills issues. It was conducted in February 2010, with responses received from 694 employers, collectively employing over 2....

Building for growth: business priorities for education and skills

This education and skills survey by the CBI was published in 2011. The survey looks at the "skills base of the nation" and whether the vocational skills needed by business and industry are being offered by students progressing from compulsory education. This survey records a significant response from employers and...

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