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Life in a Can

A cross-curricular resource for primary and lower secondary schools that investigates life and how it can be maintained in the harsh atmosphere of space.The engineers and scientists who built the International Space Station are faced with huge challenges - everything needed to keep astronauts alive must be flown up to...
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2010 to date

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Stay Sharp

This cross-curricular resource for primary schools looks at reaction-time for astronauts and distances travelled by the International Space Station in that time.Children learn about the body and how nerves allow us to respond to events. They develop systems for measuring reaction times using everyday equipment and...
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2010 to date

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The World's Biggest Shadow

This teacher resource, part of the AstroPi project with UK Space Agency and Raspberry Pi Foundation, investigates sunlight and shadows in a space context. It is suitable for children in primary school.The sequence of activities is linked to other resources in the eLibrary, starting from basic ideas about light and...
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2010 to date

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All about Telescopes

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2000 - 2009

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Light and Sound

From Teachers TV, this video shows four examples of lessons on light and sound that are suitable for primary school children. Part of the Great Lesson Ideas series, it contains these ideas for lessons: Years Five and Six teacher David Aston, shows how glass bottles and water inspire children to think about how sound...
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2000 - 2009

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This Planet Science collection for parents contains a selection of appealing science-based activities for students and their parents which are designed to entertain and make science an enjoyable activity for all. Most of the resources are pitched at younger age students aged from 3 to 11, although some could be used...
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2000 - 2009

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Knowledge and Understanding of Science

Knowledge and Understanding of Science was a series of five books written to help teachers in primary schools with background understanding of science. The books deal with the topics in physical science which generally cause the greatest difficulty to primary teachers: Forces, Energy, Chemical changes, Genetics and...
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1990 - 1999

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Physics Participation and Policies: Lessons from Abroad

This report, produced by the Centre for Education and Employment Research (CEER), looks at the decline in students taking physics at A level. Between 1982 and 2006, A level physics entries halved from 55,728 to 27,466. The number of students aged 18 fell and there were more A levels to choose from, but the decline...
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2000 - 2009

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Physics in Schools IV: Supply and Retention of Teachers

This report, produced by the Centre for Education and Emplyment Research (CEER), looks at specialist physics teacher supply and retention in English schools. Physics is at the sharp end of teacher recruitment. It is the subject that schools find most difficult to staff. Some schools do not teach it, and others that do...
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2000 - 2009

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Physics in Schools III: Bucking the Trend

Produced by the Centre for Education and Employment Research (CEER), this report sets out to identify how some schools are increasing participation in post-16 physics whilst the general trend is for a seemingly inexorable decline in physics education. Authors Alan Smithers and Pamela Robinson, looked at A level...
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2000 - 2009

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