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Seasons spotter sheets

This series of spotter sheets are useful when identifying living things in their habitats at different times of the year. They contain sheets for each of the seasons include sheets which help to identify:

  • Autumn leaves
  • Autumn wildlife
  • Trees...

Flavour Saver

Many of the chemicals we use as drugs, flavourings and perfumes originate from natural sources but often the most economical way of obtaining them is to produce them artificially on an industrial scale. Scientists at the University of Oxford are researching into how to use enzymes to make these processes as...

#No filter

Scientists at the University of Oxford are investigating different ways that information that we share on social media sites can be used by others. Sometimes the information can be useful, for instance providing information on an unfolding event, but it could be used for more sinister purposes.

In this...

Brilliant Builders

This resource contains six activities that link to materials and their properties and cover aspects of working scientifically. They include:

  • identifying different materials in the classroom and sorting them according to their properties

  • exploring the properties of different...

Crest bronze award: Monitoring acid rain

In this Crest Award accredited project, students monitor levels of atmospheric sulfur dioxide and rainfall acidity in the school grounds.  Suggested investigations include:

  •  Investigate various methods of measuring acidities between pH4 and pH7, to decide which method is most accurate.
  • Compare...

Crest silver award: Measuring alcohol content

The aim of this project is to investigate the properties of alcohol/water mixtures, and how these properties can be used to measure alcohol content. The alcohol in drinks is ethanol, C2H5OH. However, the ethanol used in the laboratory has been methylated by adding 5% of methanol, CH3...

Crest gold award: Monitoring lead pollution

In this project students will research ways of detecting low concentrations of lead and apply these to test samples from the environment. The objective is to investigate whether lead from petrol still persists at the roadside in order to determine whether there is a lurking legacy of lead.

Students...

Amazing Me

This resource contains six activities that link to animals, including humans and cover aspects of working scientifically. These include:

  • observing changes over time using past and current photographs of themselves

  • looking for patterns between hand and foot size within their class...

Wild Weather

This resource contains six activities that link to seasonal change and cover aspects of working scientifically. They include:

  • observing and describing weather associated with different seasons of the year

  • recording how shadow length changes over a day and creating bar charts to...

Growing Things

This resource contains six activities that link to plants and cover aspects of working scientifically. They include:

  • identifying and making close observations of different plants

  • preparing pots for growing potatoes

  • investigating what seeds need to germinate...

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