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DIY Faraday Challenge: Smart Cycle

The IET DIY Faraday Challenge Day ‘Smart Cycle’ is a DIY STEM activity day but it could be adapted to be run as a suite of lessons. The aim of this challenge is to introduce students to cutting edge technology which engineers are, and will be using in the future and this challenge will work best if you have access...

Recycling Plastics *suitable for home teaching*

This film, from Twig World, looks at the differences between thermosetting, thermo softening and partially biodegradable plastics, and how they can be recycled.

The key points made in the film are:

A lot of plastic is thrown away and most is non-biodegradable Plastic can be recycled using mechanical...

Animate materials

Animate materials can sense, move, change shape, and adapt to their environment to fulfil particular goals. Across the scientific world, researchers are developing tools and ideas, many of them inspired by the mechanisms of nature, to create materials that have lifelike properties.

This set of resources,...

Electron Diffraction Tube

In this video, produced by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network and the Institute of Physics, Alom Shaha explains the elements of an electron diffraction tube and how to use one to demonstrate a diffraction pattern. The video is aimed at teachers but it could also be used with older students to...

Fera resources: classification

This KS2 resource supports learning about how living things can be classified into groups scientifically. Activities are based around tasks carried out in the ‘real world’ by scientists working for organisations such as Fera.

Activities include:


Life Cycles

Aimed at primary learners, this resource provides a lesson which looks at the life-cycles of plants and animals looking at several examples including human, frog and poppy. The main stages of development in each of these organisms are highlighted and the length of each compared. Teacher’s notes provide...

Phases of the Moon

This Teaching Astronomy and Space video, from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Teachers TV and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), illustrates a simple demonstration of the phases of the Moon.


Galaxies *suitable for home teaching*

This resource has been devised by The Royal Observatory Edinburgh with the Institute of Physics Scotland, to inspire secondary science classes. They are mainly used by students aged 11-14 years but can be used from upper primary to upper secondary.

Students investigate galaxies. They use data from real...


This resource has been...

Electric Motor

Produced by the National STEM Centre and the Institute of Physics, this video shows a simple method for making an electric motor using a battery, strong magnets and a copper coil. It allows students to investigate Fleming's left hand rule and the forces generated in an electric motor.


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