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Are we alone: the search for planets beyond our Solar System

This exciting resource consists of nine practical activities based upon the search for exoplanets, (planets beyond our own solar system), where life may exist. Aimed at primary children aged 7–11, activities are based around working scientifically  and link to many aspects of the science curriculum including; space...

Catalyst Volume 26 Issue 2: Full Magazine

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles: ​

This Catalyst article investigates how polymer materials can be designed and printed with electrical properties that allow them to be used in wearable electronic devices.

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Wearing Electronics

This Catalyst article investigates how polymer materials can be designed and printed with electrical properties that allow them to be used in wearable electronic devices. The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2.

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Working Scientifically in the Primary Classroom

This booklet has been produced to help teachers understand how to ‘work scientifically’ within the primary science curriculum for England. It includes progression of enquiry skills grids from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage Three and child friendly self and peer assessment posters to support all...

Microscopy

Simon Quinnell demonstrates how to use a microscope and how to focus an image.

Gold award: investigate the properties of materials used for saucepans

Students investigate the properties of materials used for cooking utensils in order to collect quantitative data.  For example, if testing for thermal conductivity they should gain a value for the rate at which heat flows through a cross-sectional area of material.  Students should also find out if there are any...

Gold award: design the ultimate toothbrush

In this project, students design a series of tests to find the best toothbrush and obtain quantitative data.  Some examples of the properties ytheymay wish to test include:

• The shape of the toothbrush head and the area and density of bristles on the head

• Flexibility of the handle – measure how...

ENTHUSE partnership impact report 2017

ENTHUSE Partnership funding enables groups of four to eight schools and colleges to work together, with support from STEM Learning on a two-year intensive programme to raise aspiration and achievement in STEM subjects. Each Partnership can access up to £20,000 worth of support, including face-to-face CPD, in-school...

Salty Seas

This resource is part of the Polar Explorer Resource Collection https://www.stem.org.uk/polar-explorer-educational-resources.

Salt water is denser than freshwater. That is why we float...

Planning an Antarctic Expedition

This resource is part of the Polar Explorer Resource Collection https://www.stem.org.uk/polar-explorer-educational-resources.

Within this resource, learners will work in groups of four, use their mathematical skills...

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