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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 of...
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QTC: A Remarkable New Material to Control Electricity

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Smart Materials

This resource includes examples of real technologies which can be used as inspiration to children from age 7 to 16. Following on from the challenges that Tim Peake and his clothing will face in space, these case studies include background information for teachers, supporting Powerpoint slides, and example activities....
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Making stars: fusion

”When you tell people you make stars for a living, their heads turn and their mouths open.” The video features Dr Kim Cave-Ayland who is a control engineer at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE). 

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Popular Mechanics: Becoming a Designer of Machines

This resource aimed at upper primary contains a series of lessons which look at the means by which machines (cams, levers, gears and pulleys) transform force into movement. The first lesson provides the context for the project in the form of a story, where students are asked to create a counter to count visitors to a...
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Energy Stores and Transfers

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:Understand that when a force makes things change it mechanically transfers energy between different energy stores.Understand that friction transfers energy mechanically into a heat store of energy.Identify...
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Friction

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:Describe the cause of friction between two objects.Explain how friction, generated by the interaction between two objects, can stop them from moving.Explain how lubricants can reduce friction.Describe the...
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Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:Identify pairs of forces that are balanced or unbalanced.Calculate the size and direction of the resultant force of two forces acting along the same straight line.Deduce the relative size of resultant...
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Describing Forces

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:Describe how forces always arise in pairsLabel force arrows to describe the action of the forceRepresent the size and direction of a force with an appropriate force arrow.Name the types of forces acting in...
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What Forces Do

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:Understand that a force makes things change: the speed, direction and/or shape of an object.Explain changes caused by more than one force acting on an object at the same time.Predict correctly the changes...
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