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Coloured Things, Stages One and Two

This Science 5/13 unit for teachers Coloured things stages one and two provides suggestions for children's activities some of which relate directly to colour itself whilst others use an interest in coloured things as a springboard to other areas of investigation. Each chapter has an environmental theme rich in...


This Nuffield Working with Science unit aimed to enable students to design circuits to meet specific needs. The plan was also to help students to realise the range of electronics problems which they can solve by taking a systems approach.

Guidance for teachers and technicians appears in...

10. Electronics of Control Systems

In these experiments students make and test circuits to investigate a range of effects:

Section A: Transforming a d.c. power supply
*Experiment A(i): Step-up voltage regulator
*Experiment A(ii): Step-down voltage regulator
*Experiment A(iii): High current step-down regulator

Structures and Forces, Stage One and Two

This resource suggests classroom activities based on observations of structures such as building, bridges and some natural structures. Students build models to investigate the strength of different structures and materials. There is a list of materials mentioned in the Unit, although the sources suggested need to...

Working with Wood, Stages One and Two

The Science 5/13 unit for teachers Working with wood stages one and two contains suggestions for practical activity relating to wood. It includes comment on ways of starting work, suggestions for children's activities and guidance about the materials they might use. It aims to show how working with a familiar...


This booklet looks at the importance of magnification to scientific study. It explains how a microscope works, how to construct a simple microtome (used to view fibres) and how each of these are used. A set of 15 experiments then leads students to explore fibres, different types of hair and a variety of other...

Polymer Science

This booklet contains practical experiments exploring plastics and polymerisation. The text starts with an introduction which explains the types of polymerisation (addition and condensation) and plastics (thermoplastic and thermosetting) and their molecular compositions. It also looks at the effects of heat on weak...


This booklet from the Griffin Technical Studies series describes the process of batik, a method of obtaining a pattern upon a piece of fabric.

Silk Screen Printing

This booklet from the Griffin Technical Studies series introduces students to the skill of silk screening printing. It begins with instructions on how to make a basic frame and describes the other materials needed and how to prepare the workroom. Causes and remedies for common problems are also addressed.


Dyes and Dyeing

This booklet in the Griffin Technical Studies series provides practical activities which investigate dyes and dyeing.

1. Introduction
2. Vegetable dyes
3. Fastness of dyes
4. Mineral dyes
5. Synthetic dyes - development of the industry
6. Synthetic dyes...


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