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Recycling and Sustainability

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). ‘Sustainability’ is about using resources in a way that does not deplete them. An increased emphasis on renewable energy is part of the move to greater sustainability, but so is the idea...

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2000 - 2009

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QTC: A Remarkable New Material to Control Electricity

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2000 - 2009

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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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2010 to date

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Principia mission - maths in space

On December 15th 2015 European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake launched on the six month Principia mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Principia was named after Isaac Newton’s Naturalis Principia Mathematica, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity.

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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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Skill 4.12 Designing Graphs

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, challenge students to look at tabulated data and produce a suitable graph to emphasise the key findings of the data. Tables of information are supplied on different topics including human physiology, atmospheric composition on different planets and...

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2000 - 2009

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Let Sleeping Bags Lie

From The Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC), this series of activities investigates heat transfer and the thermal insulation properties of sleeping bags. In the investigation, students: * Consider the requirements for different categories of sleeping bags. * Measure the volume of air trapped in a...

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1990 - 1999

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Silver award: how well do sun creams protect against UV radiation?

Students investigate how well different sun creams and sun blocks protect against UV radiation from the sun and research:

  • Information about the electromagnetic spectrum and radiation from the sun.
  • Why UV radiation is damaging to people’s skin.
  • What different sun protection factors (...
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Silver award: build a model pirate ship ride

In this project students research theme park rides and design and build a model of the pirate ship ride, concentrating on how to support the swinging parts.  Another vital component is the support that holds the gondola and the counterweight.  The gondola is the component that ‘holds’ the people. People can be...

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Beta ray absorption

An investigation looking at how beta radiation is absorbed when it passes through different thicknesses of aluminum.  From this you can then calculate the absorption coefficient for aluminum.  When doing this investigation please ensure you have followed CLEAPSS guidance or the safety body for your country.  This...

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2010 to date

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