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There is a minimum size of meteorite that will make it through the atmosphere of a planet (or the Moon) and impact on the surface. If the meteorite is any smaller than this, it will burn up on its journey through the atmosphere and be seen as a meteor or shooting star (obviously if the meteorite is bigger it will...

I Wouldn’t Send a Dog Out on a Night Like This!

In this resource, students attempt to apply their understanding of heat transfer (convection, conduction and radiation) to the novel case of the Beagle 2 Lander.

Students are set the challenge of creating the best insulation to use on a lander on Mars, exposed to temperatures of 70oC below zero....

How to Observe an Eclipse Safely

This resource, from the Royal Astronomical Society, explains how to safely view a solar eclipse. It was produced for the 20 March 2015 solar eclipse. Sections include: *What is a solar eclipse? *Solar eclipse terminology - or buzz words *What you'll see *Viewing (safely) using household items *Resource links and...

Holy Cross

This resource is a review of space related apps for the iPad. The reviews are grouped into 12 sections:

1. Sky viewing

2. Sky viewing plus

3. The Moon

4. The Solar System

5. The Sun

6. Earth Observation

7. Space Missions and other Satellites

8. Deep Space /...

Global Warming

Scientists say that the average global temperature has increased by around 0.5oC over the last century. Is this evidence of global warming, initiated by the excessive production of greenhouse gases? Students will look at real monthly maximum and minimum temperature and rainfall data taken in Southampton...

Making Circuits

This progression toolkit develops understanding of the key concept of making circuits, as part of a topic on simple electric circuits. This key concept helps to build broader understanding about electricity and magnetism, which is one of the big ideas of science education at ages 11-14.

It includes...

Wind Turbine Role Play

There is much debate about reducing greenhouse gases and how renewable energy sources might form part of the answer. Most people agree that renewable energy is a good thing, but how do people react when a wind farm is proposed to be built near them? The following activity puts students into different roles which...

Assembly: Space Exploration

This assembly resource, from the Association for Science Education (ASE), focuses on whether we need to explore space at all, particularly in view of the vast cost involved. This material is part of the SYCD: Science Year Is There Life? collection.

The aim of the assembly series is to make students more...

Activity Case Study 14: Vicki Hodges

This STEMNET activity case study describes the work of Vicki Hodges as a STEM Ambassador. In a wide range of activities, she has helped to build a space station in an infant school, worked at careers fairs for older students and lectured at universities. Vicki has worked with all age groups and enjoys sharing her...


In this resource students will carry out experiments with prisms, polarising film and 3D cinema glasses to explain some of the interesting properties of light and their applications.

Curriculum links include refractive index, total internal reflection, polarisation


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