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Scientific investigations: Getting started

This resource supports students in carrying out independent investigations.  It helps them to choose, plan, carry out and write up an in-depth scientific investigation.

Extracting and purifying metals OCR Unit 12

This worksheet looks at electrolysis, its use in the extraction of sodium and aluminum and in the purification of copper. Having completed it, students are then asked to set up a simple electrolytic cell to obtain pure copper and calculate and measure the amount of product deposited at an electrode during...

Distribution and abundance of species

This is a modelling activity where students use sampling techniques to determine the distribution and abundance of organisms in a simulated habitat. Students will simulate the mark–release–recapture technique (Lincoln Index) for estimating population sizes of mobile species. 

Curriculum links include: ...

XMM-Newton

From the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), this brochure describes the leading role played by UK scientists and engineers at universities, observatories and research council establishments in X-ray Multi Mission-Newton (XXM-Newton). Using XMM-Newton, astronomers will be able to pinpoint and study in...

Women in Astronomy

From the Royal Astronomical Society, this leaflet looks at career pathways and opportunities in astronomy. It also gives case studies that illustrate the jobs held by women astronomers, including: * Astronomy lecturer and researcher * British Antarctic Survey researcher * Earth scientist * Astrophysicist

The Search for WIMPs

From the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), this brochure describes the leading role played by UK scientists and engineers at universities, observatories and research council establishments in the search for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). The UK's dark matter experiment, at Boulby Mine...

Stonehenge and Ancient Astronomy

From the Royal Astronomical Society, this booklet describes how the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge appears to be an ancient astronomical observatory. In recent years, by combining evidence from archaeology and astronomy, some researchers believe that the monument could have been an observatory, calendar or...

Seeing Temperatures

This activity allows students to investigate how images are produced from data streams by using first a spreadsheet and then an image-processing program. They then go on to see how the usefulness of such a monochromatic image may be enhanced by using lookup tables and calibration. The materials used focus on the...

Immune System

This resource looks at several aspects of the immune system including:

  • The non-specific immune response
  • Specific immune response and antigen recognition
  • T cells and B cells
  • Autoimmune disease and allergic responses •
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Long term immunity...

Robotic Telescopes

From the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), this brochure describes the leading role played by UK scientists and engineers at universities, observatories and research council establishments in providing real-time astronomy for research and education. The work of the Liverpool and Faulkes telescopes...

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