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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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Which Way Is Up?

For teachers of secondary school science, this Astro-Pi physics resource looks at gravity, microgravity and weightlessness. Students learn the fundamentals of gravitational force and potential energy, and apply these ideas to projectiles and orbiting bodies - particularly the International Space Station (ISS).Using...
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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 behind them are...
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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 bespoke...
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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.The education and inspiration of young...
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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 can...
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CREST Awards

The CREST Awards scheme is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work for 5-19 year olds. Around 40’000 students in the UK gain CREST Awards every year through investigations and enquiry-based learning, supporting them to solve real-life STEM challenges.Benefits of CREST Awards:Improved...
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Physics Demonstration Films

This series of videos have been produced by the National STEM Learning Centre and the Institute of Physics. They are mostly aimed at teachers and illustrate how to perform simple demonstrations and use particular pieces of equipment. Some topics have versions of the video that could be used with students in the...
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Thermal Conductivity

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The original double slit experiment

The video explores people’s understanding of what light is. A wide range of misconceptions and incorrect ideas are given. Newton thought that light consisted of particles, whereas Huygens thought light was a wave. Using a cardboard box to recreate Thomas Young’s double slit experiment the wave...
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