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Health and Climate Change

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine. The Earth's climate is changing ever faster, and human activities play a role in speeding up this change.

The Earth’s climate is changing. In fact, it has always been changing. What is different now is the speed...

Plants

This issue of Big Picture provides lots of interesting information about flowering plants and their uses. 

The plant hormones animation explores the action of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and shows how scientists used experimental evidence to explain the role of auxins in a phototrophic response.

The...

Inside the Brain

These resources from the Wellcome Trust explore how imaging research has changed the way we look inside one of our most fascinating organs, the brain. The accompanying lesson ideas provides related activities and ideas for investigations or extended project qualification (EPQ). There is useful background...

Bitesize CPD - Secondary - Learn how to utilise a Diamond 9 Card Sort

A Diamond 9 Card Sort is an activity used in the classroom to encourage learners to think through a concept on their own. Take a look at this example Diamond 9 Card Sort. A card sort is a useful tool to promote in class discussions and gather...

From idea to career: explore 12 areas of engineering

A closer look at 12 different engineering disciplines to help students work out which area(s) might be right for them.

Engineering is a diverse, wide-reaching sector and it can be hard to decide which of the many areas to pursue. In this booklet aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds, you will find an overview of...

Engineering career route maps

Opportunities for engineers exist at all levels and these career route maps from Tomorrow’s Engineers show various routes through education and training to become a professional engineer in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Engineering careers notes for teachers

There is a high demand for engineers in the UK – in fact engineering is one of the most in demand jobs globally. From apprentices to technicians; graduates to postgraduates – engineers are needed at all levels, in a wide range of sectors.

This four-page leaflet from Tomorrow’s Engineers helps teachers...

Football in science teaching

What is the perfect curve of a ball’s trajectory, what must the ideal turf be like, and what’s the CO2 balance of the UEFA European Championship? From the measurement of the mass of the air inside the ball, to the influence of energy drinks on the performance of the...

GENIE jumping genes

The aim of this activity is for students to use tiddlywinks to represent sections of jumping genes, which they then flick onto a poster which is representative of a section of the human genome. Where their "gene" lands either will or will not disrupt the gene and may then cause disease. An accompanying PowerPoint...

BRAF: from gene to cancer therapy

This film tells the story of how DNA sequencing was used to identify the gene BRAF. Clinical researcher Ultan McDermott tells the story of how scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute discovered a specific mutation in the BRAF gene, which is found in around half of malignant melanoma cases. He...

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