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A team game for mimicking bitcoin mining and blockchain environment

Bitcoin (₿) is cryptocurrency, a form of electronic cash. The aim of this group task is to model the process of bitcoin mining and to explain the blockchain environment. The class divides into groups, each member taking a specific role in the bitcoin process: 'puzzle maker', 'mathematical verifier', 'miner' and '...

New Materials and Nanotechnology

Produced in 2015, this resource looks at glass microspheres, which contain radioactive Y-90, and are currently being used to treat liver cancer in humans, where their chemical durability is of prime importance.

This package of materials describes how the glass microspheres are used, and why. It shows how...

Obesity

From the Wellcome Trust, this issue of the 'Big Picture' series reviews the causes, health consequences, and personal and social impact of obesity, and how it might be tackled. How is body weight controlled?

Why is the incidence of obesity increasing? What is the impact on people and society? What can be...

Enterprise Trading Game

This short film from BP Educational Service introduces the Enterprise Trading Game. In the game students work together competing to trade oil, demonstrating skills and values that contribute towards success in business.

Future Morph careers quest

Future Morph Careers Quest was developed for students attending one of the the Big Bang science fairs. In the activity, students question exhibitors about aspects of their work and how they had chosen their particular career.

Whilst developed for a an exhibition context, the resources can suggest questions...

DIY Su Doku

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, explains the spreadsheet that makes generating chemistry Su Doku puzzles quick and easy. Whenever there is a list of related facts that you want your students to learn, a Su Doku puzzle may be an appropriate tool to help.

This activity is part of a...

Which is the Odd One Out? (Organic)

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, encourages a rapid consideration of the range of concepts met in organic chemistry. Students need to think laterally in some cases. Prior knowledge of chirality, oxidation level, electrophiles, nucleophiles, bases and π bonds is required. The activity is aimed at...

Proteins

This issue of the Big Picture explores proteins by their different function, with examples of how they give structure to living things, carry messages and molecules around our bodies, support the immune system, catalyse chemical reactions, and their use in industry and medicine:

[b]Probing proteins[/b] A...

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