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Populations

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you read the word population? Most likely it’s the ever-increasing human population on earth. The term population isn’t just used to describe humans; it includes other animals, plants and microbes too. These resources will help you learn more about how...

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...

Fat

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...

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...

Spacecraft structures engineer

This video presents Abbie Hutty, a spacecraft structures engineer who currently works on the X Mars Rover mission. Abbie emphasises the fact that it is a very sociable career, as it requires working with specialists from different departments. Abbie...

Sports Technologist

Chris Holmes is a sports technologist for sports equipment manufacturer Adidas. This Department for Education clip is useful in showing students how a career such as this relies on a background of STEM study. Chris describes how he specialises in the development of sports balls. His job is to investigate the best...

Innovation Consultant

Alan Cucknell's job consists of finding new and innovative ways to make their clients' products stand out from the crowd. This Department for Education clip exemplifies for students a less familiar STEM career route. Alan's company works with clients on their business and technical challenges....

Food Technologist

Jessica Chambers is a food technologist at Sainsbury's. This Department for Education clip could be useful when teaching microbiology, food technology, or as a context for applied science. Jessica's job allows her to gain experience of work in many different areas that include: * development of new products and...

Dietitian

Julia is a dietitian for Addenbrookes Hospital, she discusses her role in this video.

Curriculum links include malnutrition, food groups, healthy diet, nutrition

For some more resources and ideas linked to nutrition, have a look at:...

Raman spectroscopy

Dr. Lewis Dartnell takes a sample from the Atacama desert, to the Open University, to be analysed by a Raman spectrometer.  The spectrometer shows the organic compounds that Lewis found on the quartz, as well as the composition of the quartz itself.

This video is part of a series of ten which look at the one...

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