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Seeing The Unseen - Radar. Practical, active group activity to discover how basic maths and physics help engineers to "see the unseen"

Group activity involving volunteers moving around a teaching space and using time, distance and speed measurements to locate a student taking on the role of an aircraft. 

Supports the use of Speed = Distance / Time and also the concept of radio waves travelling through space, giving practical meaning to...

Tim Peake public presentation

This presentation was produced by the UK Space Agency for Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station in 2015/16.

Printing in Three Dimensions

This Catalyst article looks at 3D printing, a new technology which is rapidly finding applications. Although probably too slow for mass production it is useful for producing prototypes and tailor-made items. In a 3D printer, layers of polymer beads are printed one on top of the other. Heat melts the polymer beads...

Astronauts Leaping on the Moon

This footage, from Footagevault, documents the locomotion of humans on the moon under reduced gravity conditions. It can be used with Key Stage Three and Four students to start discussions about forces. This clip shows Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan leaping towards the camera with great big kangaroo hops.

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Days and seasons

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Describe the apparent movement of the Sun during the day.
  • Describe the effect of seasons on temperature, day length and the apparent movement of the Sun.
  • Explain why days...

Circuit Construction Kit

This simulation allows students to build circuits with capacitors, inductors, resistors and AC or DC voltage sources, and investigate current and voltage.

Sample Learning Objectives include: *Build circuits from circuit diagrams. *Use an ammeter and voltmeter to take readings in circuits. *Discuss basic...

Changing motion

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Calculate the size and direction of the resultant force of two forces acting along the same straight line
  • Describe how quickly the speed of an object can be changed if acted on by...

Refraction and lenses

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Recall that light can change direction (refract) when it passes across a boundary between transparent media
  • Describe how the angle light passes across a boundary between two...

Prisms and lenses

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Recall that light can change direction (refract) when it passes across a boundary between transparent media
  • Describe how the angle light passes across a boundary between two...

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