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Challenging environments: keeping warm

This challenge was developed as part of the Ultimate STEM Challenge.  The students are asked to conduct an investigation to find out what type of clothing is the warmest –and most practical – to wear in freezing environments.

Land, water and bees - don't take us for granted

Students explore the issues surrounding our common but precious resources – land, water and bees. They will start by investigating their own ecological footprint via the food they eat.

Then grow plants hydroponically and discuss the pros and cons of this method of agriculture. They will look at local and...

It's the small things in life

Students explore chicken and human health in relation to microorganisms. To do this, they will learn and use microbiological techniques to examine the microbial load of chicken meat. Then they will carry out a survey into chicken consumption, look at alternative protein sources and explore chicken husbandry at home...

Feeding a growing world

Students examine the sugar content of potatoes in relation to emerging interest in the carcinogen acrylamide produced when potatoes are cooked at high temperatures. Employing cutting-edge techniques to genetically modify E. coli bacteria, they will insert the jellyfish gfp gene to make the...

STEM Learning magazine: secondary and post-16 - autumn 2016

This edition of the magazine focuses on the new approach to GCSE food preparation and nutrition as well as the changes to A-level mathematics and computing. Paul Browning, Senior Project Consultant, is decoding the world of MOOCs and presenting the benefits of...

Project ENTHUSE: why your business should go back to school: how you can inspire the next STEM generation

This guidance is aimed at businesses and other organisations looking to provide support and inspiration for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools.  It is based on consultation with teachers, further developed through debate between teachers, businesses and learned societies.  Teachers...

13 misconceptions about global warming

This video discusses these 13 misconceptions, including:

Global warming is not happening so it was renamed climate change

The globe is not warming

In the past, scientists warned of global cooling

The Earth is cooling

Arctic sea ice is increasing

The Sun is...

Fire and ice

This resource presents some real seismic data recorded before a volcanic eruption and allows students to locate some of the resulting earthquakes by use of graphs and maps.

Curriculum links include waves, longitudinal and transverse waves, S waves, P waves, disaster relief, earthquake detection

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Fat at the cellular level

Lipids are essential components of membranes and even communication.

Professional development

Quality assurance of teachers’ continuing professional development’ looks at lessons from other quality assurance systems, and how they could be applied to teachers’ CPD in England.

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