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Whoosh bottle (teach with space)

In this activity, alcohol and air are mixed in a large plastic water bottle before being ignited, to simulate the physics principles of chemical rocket engines. The students will observe a rapid reaction accompanied by a dramatic “whoosh” sound and flames. They will discuss the...

The greenhouse effect and its consequences - Investigating global warming

This set of activities from the European Space Agency includes hands-on experiments. Students are guided to interpret satellite images to better understand the overall effects of global warming.

In the first activity, students demonstrate to themselves the greenhouse effect. The experiment is complemented by...

Power from water - How to produce oxygen and hydrogen on the moon

In this set of three activities from the European Space Agency, students learn about electrochemistry. In the first activity they build a voltaic pile – a simple battery. Students will then study electrolysis, producing hydrogen and oxygen which can be used as propellants for spacecraft and/or to provide oxygen to...

Mini-whoosh bottle (teach with space)

In this practical investigation, students will perform a combustion reaction using a mixture of alcohol and air in a plastic water bottle. The students will observe a rapid reaction accompanied by a dramatic ‘whoosh’ sound, simulating what happens when fuels are lit during a real rocket...

Lift Off!

This resource, from the European Space Agency, contains exercises in physics and chemistry based on real space data, designed for secondary schools. The exercises and data were developed and checked by ESA space scientists and engineers. They are most appropriate for students at Post 16 level. There are a total of...

Extracting water from lunar soil - Learning about filtration and distillation

In this resource from the European Space Agency, students learn about changes of state of matter using water on the Moon as an example. They interpret data from a pressure vs. temperature graph for water to enable a discussion about how changes of state are different on the Moon compared to what we are used to on...

Silver Award: Squeaky Clean

These materials look at three possible projects that relate to cleaning products and tackling microbes that spread disease: * Communications project - students act as health promotion specialists trying to persuade people about the need to wash hands after using the toilet. * Practical project - students...

Bronze Award: Squeaky Clean

These materials look at three possible projects that relate to household cleaning products:

* Communications project - students gather information about cleaning products, compare them and explain how they are suitable for different cleaning problems.

* Practical project - students investigate how...

British Science Week: secondary activity 2020

This activity pack, managed by the British Science Association, supports the theme "Our Diverse Planet" for British Science Week (although it can be used at any time). The activities are arranged in three groups titled Diverse Jobs, Diverse People and Preserving Natural Diversity; each group describes four...

Regreen the desert

Practical Action have supplied this teacher's pack to challenge students to use their STEM skills to come up with solutions to a problem of water shortage in Sudan. The pack includes a PowerPoint presentation and Teacher Guide so that teachers can outline the problem to their students. The PowerPoint makes...

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