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THE BENEFITS OF PLAY

THE BENEFITS OF PLAY

An occasional paper by

Dr William Lockitt

Intended audience:

The paper is aimed at raising awareness to the importance of play in education and highlight some of the current research available. It is...

STEM Ambassador events and volunteering

An updated calendar of events for STEM Volunteers. Most events are practical and involve mentoring a small team of young people through an engineering challenge leading to a performed test or display of the engineering. Resources and activities explore maritime, construction and aviation. Projects delve into...

Data-logging with BBC micro:bits and MakeCode for modelling with Excel and GeoGebra.

Recent developments in MakeCode now make data-capture from micro:bits very simple via the USB cable.  The data can be graphed in real time in MakeCode and exproted as CSV files.  Using tools such as Excel and GeoGebra's Spreadsheet View, the data can be manipulated, analysed and modelled.  With a pair of...

Science Debate Kits

Find resources and download free Debate Kits: debate.imascientist.org.uk

These Science Debate Kits give teachers everything they needed to run a debate on a set topic and help their students develop their evaluation skills. The activities provide a structured way to start...

STEM and STEAM for Cartography

Mini Map Makers is creating a Poster for STEM and STEAM for Cartography. How Cartography interacts with the elements! 

This is working progress and a draft copy will be out soon!

Global CREST challenges

Global CREST challenges are based around Practical Action’s work, which uses science and technology to address global issues such as energy, water and food.  They give students a real insight into how science and technology can be used to tackle challenges faced by...

First Steps with Microbits for data-logging and modelling

Since the BBC micro:bit became commercially available last year there is much more information now available about how to access the many features which make the micro:bit such a powerful tool for cross-curricular STEM projects.  This guide is mainly concerned with how to access the micro:bit's sensors to...

First steps in using BBC micro:bit for control and physical computing

Since the BBC micro:bit became commercially available last year there is much more information now available about how to access the many features which make the micro:bit such a powerful tool for cross-curricular STEM projects.  This guide is mainly concerned with how to create programs in the Microsoft PXT block...

Modelling micro:bit data with the Bitty Data Logger App

The free Bitty Data Logger for Android and Apple devices allows you to capture sensor data from the micro:bit's accelerometers, magnetometers and temperature sensors.  A small file needs to be flashed to the micro:bit to enable bluetooth communication with your mobile device, which will also allow you to calibrate...

Using One to One Devices for Blended Learning

Sandringham School in St. Albans, Hertfordshire has operated a one to one Bring Your Own Device for three years. This article explores research undertaken in school to measure the impact of this initative, coupled with the pedagogic approach of 'Blended Learning'. Implications of this research are explored and...

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