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Principia mission - maths in space

On December 15th 2015 European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake launched on the six month Principia mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Principia was named after Isaac Newton’s Naturalis Principia Mathematica, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity.

The education and inspiration of...

Where Would You Photograph? (14-16)

In this activity students take on the role of Earth observation scientists submitting a request for an image they would like for their research. This gives them the opportunity to consider the possibilities of pictures taken from orbit (and the limitations) and to write scientifically for a specific audience. It...

Where Would You Photograph? (11-14)

In this activity students take on the role of Earth observation scientists submitting a request for an image they would like for their research. This gives them the opportunity to consider the possibilities of pictures taken from orbit (and the limitations) and to write scientifically for a specific audience. It...

Watching a Glacier (11-14)

This brief activity uses false-colour images of the Columbia glacier to introduce the idea of using sequences of satellite images to monitor change and focuses on the selection of appropriate data for an investigation.

Viva Las Vegas

This activity shows how Earth observation can be used to study human geography by comparing the satellite images of Las Vegas over the last few decades. Linking to measurement of irregular areas and addition and multiplication of fractions, it asks children to measure the area of Las Vegas at three separate times...

Throwing a six

In this Core Maths task students explore the question ‘On average, how many throws does it take to throw a six?’ Through this activity students can gain an understanding of ‘expectation’ as well as learning how to calculate summary statistics when the data is given in a frequency table.

Throwing a...

Practice time

In this Core Maths task student have to answer a series of statistics questions covering box and whisker plots, cumulative frequency graphs and stem and leaf diagrams.

Practice Time: presentation
This PowerPoint presentation contains six examples, with questions, for students to explore...

Stroop effect

This Core Maths task introduces the Stroop Effect. Students are asked to design and conduct an experiment to test the effect.

Stroop Effect: Front Sheet
This teacher guidance gives an overview of the task including prior student knowledge, suggested approaches and possible extensions....

Spread of disease

This Core Maths resource enables students to explore various models of the spread of disease. 

The presentation has links to instructions for three activities:

  • a practical investigation using a die and counters to model the spread and decline of a disease and an activity sheet to...

Population Data

This resource contains seven activities related to population statistics.

Data Assessment is fourteen pages of questions to be used a test of the topics covered in the seven lessons.

Population Change Information Sheet is...

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