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Feeding a growing world

Students examine the sugar content of potatoes in relation to emerging interest in the carcinogen acrylamide produced when potatoes are cooked at high temperatures. Employing cutting-edge techniques to genetically modify E. coli bacteria, they will insert the jellyfish gfp gene to make the...


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.


Dissection and scientific drawing

This resource is designed to meet the specifications for the A-level practical endorsement in England (CPAC). However, it will make a valuable guide to dissection and scientific drawing of a flower for those following a variety of different specifications.

The ability to accurately observe, dissect and...

Rocket science: final report

In the summer of 2016, six hundred thousand children became space biologists as they began a 35 day experiment to sow and grow rocket seeds that had spent six months on board the International Space Station.

This report tells of the journey these young people...

Promoting Core Maths: background, evidence, plans, opportunities and challenges

This article, by Professor Paul Glaister, University of Reading,  discusses some of the issues relating to the promotion of Core Maths to students, parents, schools and colleges and their senior leadership teams, and also to employers and higher education (HE). It considers the educational landscape prior to the...

Core Maths- preparation for the future and enhancing the post 16 provision map

This paper aims to introduce the Core Maths qualification, explain why Core Maths is important for higher education, discuss approaches to the teaching of Core Maths  and showcases three examples which exemplify the nature of Core Maths, the way it is taught, and how students develop their knowledge, understanding...

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!


Fat is a word that carries a lot of weight, conjuring up topics as diverse as obesity, hibernating animals, and what we eat and how we cook it. This issue of the Big Picture looks at the fats and lipids to find out what they do, not just inside us and other organisms but also in the world around us.  Curriculum...

Students careers information

This CMSP document explains the reasons behind Core Maths, what students need in order to study it and why it is an important qualification.

The resource also includes information from employees and UCAS, as well as career case studies to help students appreciate where Core Maths skills can be used - from...

Cauliflower Cloning

This video introduces a reliable technique to demonstrate tissue culture and totipotency, and shows how best to use this protocol with your students.

Unlike animal cells, many plant cells are totipotent, meaning that each cell has the capacity to regenerate the entire plant. Micropropagation is the...


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