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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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Gold award: investigate the properties of materials used for saucepans

Students investigate the properties of materials used for cooking utensils in order to collect quantitative data.  For example, if testing for thermal conductivity they should gain a value for the rate at which heat flows through a cross-sectional area of material.  Students should also find out if...
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2010 to date

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Bronze award: How do rockets work?

 In this activity students build a model rocket from a kit and test it worksThey can investigate the effect of differing engine size or measure the maximum altitude reached by a rocket by using a clinometer and a long tape measure or trundle wheel – a distant observer measures the maximum angle reached...
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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 InteractionThis article investigates how scientists at the Open University are devising ways in which dogs can interact with electronic systems including computers.Using Chemistry to Reduce Animal TestingThis article discusses how chemical tests...
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Catalyst Volume 26 Issue 1: Full Magazine

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:Death of a king This Catalyst article investigates the remains of King Richard III of England, which have been excavated, and how they were analysed to establish the details of how he died.What is Physics? This Catalyst article discusses what physics is...
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2010 to date

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Biomimicry

This Catalyst article investigates biomimetics and discovers how scientists are finding ways of copying ideas from nature to improve products. The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2.Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual...
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2010 to date

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Wearing Electronics

This Catalyst article investigates how polymer materials can be designed and printed with electrical properties that allow them to be used in wearable electronic devices. The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2.Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years....
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Catalyst Volume 26 Issue 2: Full Magazine

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles: ​This Catalyst article investigates how polymer materials can be designed and printed with electrical properties that allow them to be used in wearable electronic devices.BiomimcryThis Catalyst article investigates biomimetics and discovers how ...
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2010 to date

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Catalyst Volume 26 Issue 3: full magazine

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:Can we save our horse chestnut trees?This article investigates the reasons behind extensive early browning of the horse chestnut trees.Discovering new elementsThis article describes the processes behind discovering and proving the existence of new...
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2010 to date

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