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GCSE Physics questions in Context

These resources will help students apply their physics knowledge and understanding, by giving them the opportunity to practice responding to questions set in unfamiliar contexts. Network Rail have developed these question and answer banks to support students and teachers with applying some of the more challenging...

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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...

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Stephanie Kwolek - Polymer Chemist

Stephanie Kwolek invented the tough polymer Kevlar, used in protective clothing and developed a method for demonstrating the production of nylon in the classroom which is still used today.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1.

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To make graphene

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Smart Materials

This resource includes examples of real technologies which can be used as inspiration to children from age 7 to 16. Following on from the challenges that Tim Peake and his clothing will face in space, these case studies include background information for teachers, supporting Powerpoint slides, and example...

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Sheila Kanani: Planetary Scientist

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Cambridge Silicon Radio

This poster shows how STEM industries offer many exciting career opportunities. It features five electronics and engineering specialists working in the telecommunications industry. They develop a range of technology such as Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi.

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Student Worksheets: Earth, Sun and Moon

The student s activity sheets consist of a set of questions based on these topics: Auroae – aurorae and the solar wind Eratosthenes – determining the Earth’s circumference Lunar and solar eclipses – their differences and drawing diagrams Lunar phases – questions on the Moon’s phases Planet Earth – phases,...

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Hydrogen Powered Cars

As the need to find alternative cleaner forms of energy increases, scientists are looking to technologies, such as Hydrogen Fuel Cells (HFCs), as a power source for transportation.

This Catalyst article explains how hydrogen and oxygen gas can be used in a redox reaction to produce electricity, and the...

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