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Ocean acidification and CO2 absorption

Many sea creatures such as crabs and shell fish are affected greatly by the levels of acid and temperatures of the ocean they live in as it prevents their outer shell development. This can lead to a depletion in numbers and a knock on effect along the food chain.

These resources include practical activities...

Code and rescue

This Royal Academy of Engineering resource teaches students coding through a series of physical computing and practical activities that explore the essential role engineers have in supporting the emergency services and search and rescue missions.

Combining plugged activities, using a Crumble Controller, and...

Scratch interface poster guide

This one-page help sheet offers a comprehensive introductory guide to Scratch, great for teachers new to the platform, or those who are unfamiliar with some of its features.  

An employer’s guide to supporting STEM careers education in England

Support from employers is a vital part of all young people’s careers education.

This employer’s guide to STEM careers education explains how employer engagement can support secondary schools and colleges in England to deliver high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers...

Global project ideas

Global project ideas are based around Practical Action’s work, which uses science and technology to address global issues such as energy, water and food. They give students a real insight into how science and technology can be used to tackle challenges faced by communities in the developing world, and how they can...

Food and Sustainability

These resources cover themes of food sustainability and security. Included are technical briefs which focus on low cost approaches related to food production and preservation. Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are freely...

Static Electricity

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Identify when an electrostatic force is acting in familiar situations. 
  • Describe how objects with a positive or negative charge attract or repel other charged objects.
  • ...

Making Circuits

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Build simple circuits from pictures or demonstrations.
  • Identify components from their circuit symbols, and draw the circuit symbol for common components.       
  • Identify...

Electric Current

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Define current as a flow (of ‘electricity’) around a complete circuit that is measured with an ammeter.
  • Recognise that current is the same at each point around a simple series...

Voltage

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Describe the effect of different battery voltages on simple circuits.
  • Describe the voltage of a battery, measured with a voltmeter, as the strength with which the battery can ‘push...

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