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Practical Action

Practical Action is a development charity which uses simple technology to fight poverty. The learning resources in this collection look at how issues such as climate change and the need for renewable energy can be tackled. The resources contain background information, teachers' packs, classroom activities, stimulus...

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2000 - 2009

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Dodging Bullets

The International Space Station (ISS) is under constant threat from objects moving at speeds not often seen here on Earth. Space junk and micrometeoroids travel many kilometers each second, testing the impact shielding that protects the astronaut inhabitants. This Astro-Pi resource for secondary schools touches on...

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2010 to date

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Fly by the Stars

Satellites and other spacecraft use star cameras to image space and to determine which direction they are pointing.

This resource, suitable for upper secondary school students, looks in detail at the night sky, examining objects and orbital motion within the solar system. Constellations and the stories...

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2010 to date

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Magnetic Earth

This AstroPi resource helps secondary school students investigate the magnetic field of the Earth. The series of activities develops from basic principles of magnetism through to some understanding of the nature and cause of the Earth's magnetism.

The guide links to several other eLibrary resources and a...

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2010 to date

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Where Would You Photograph? (7-11)

In this activity children take on the role of Earth observation scientists submitting a request for an image they would like for their research. This gives them the opportunity to consider the possibilities of pictures taken from orbit (and the limitations) and to write scientifically for a specific audience. It...

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2010 to date

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Careers in Space workshop

The Careers in Space workshop included inputs from: * Vicki Hodges on Astrium's STEM Ambassadors programme * Rosalind Azouzi on Space Tourism and the Next Generation * Lloyd Marshall on Apprenticeship opportunities with Astrium

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2000 - 2009

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Importance of exploration

The Northern Lights have been the subject of wonder for millennia.  In this film, physicist Melanie Windridge explores the arctic in her search for the aurora borealis, or Nothern Lights.  She briefly explains how the Northern Lights are formed and the links between science and exploration.

Melanie also...

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Birth of the Solar System

Produced by Twig, this animated video is a clear and accessible explanation of how the Solar System fromed. The video describes how:

* the solar system grew from a ball of gas which formed the Sun

* gravity caused heavy material to cluster together and eventually form planets

* the inner...

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2010 to date

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Catalyst

Catalyst is a topical magazine that offers features on a wide range of themes from the science curriculum bringing them to life with insights into cutting-edge research and practical applications of complex science in the world around us. Catalyst magazine is aimed mainly at science students aged 14-19.

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2010 to date

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Catalyst Volume 25 Issue 4: Full Magazine

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:

Animal-Computer Interaction

This article investigates how scientists at the Open University are devising ways in which dogs can interact with electronic...

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2010 to date

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