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Composites: Designing Materials for the Future

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). Composites are made by physically combining two or more materials. Many composite materials are used to provide strength and rigidity while using thinner, lighter components. However, they...

Design a sports glove

In this resource, students design a new glove for use in a sport of their choice. Students may find it helpful to talk with local people who partake in their chosen sport. The P.E. Department may be able to suggest suitable contacts.

A selection of tests, activities and factsheets are available for the...

Gold award: compare the properties of different fabrics

In this project, students compare the properties of a range of fabrics made from different fibres. The fabrics could be woven or knitted and they could be made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool or synthetic fibres such as nylon. Students should investigate physical properties, such as strength,  tear...

Metals and Smart Alloys

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP).

Metals have been used for many thousands of years, but it was only in the 20th century that an understanding developed of how their properties could be explained in terms of their...

Watching the brain at work

This activity introduces students to an exciting technique at the forefront of brain research, functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI. Researchers use this powerful imaging technique to pinpoint precisely which areas of the brain are associated with different activities.

The activity guides students...

Heredity and Genetic Information

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Recall that offspring inherit characteristics from each of their parents.

  • Recognise that an organism’s characteristics are affected by genetic information in cells and...

What is engineering?

This resource provides an introduction to engineering for primary children. It can be used for a whole school assembly with follow-on inquiry work, or with one class, and would be suitable for working with a STEM Ambassador.  The resource aims to break down preconceptions about engineering, looks at what...

DIY Faraday Challenge: Smart Cycle

The IET DIY Faraday Challenge Day ‘Smart Cycle’ is a DIY STEM activity day but it could be adapted to be run as a suite of lessons. The aim of this challenge is to introduce students to cutting edge technology which engineers are, and will be using in the future and this challenge will work best if you have access...

Magnetic Materials

This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within science and design and technology. This resource focusses on identifying whether or not everyday products are made from magnetic materials.
Some...

Lookouts Activity 3: Help!

In this resource aimed at lower primary level, children learn that plants need water to survive. Looking at a wilted plant, children think about what is wrong with the plant and discuss ways in which it could be revived. They then cut out a ‘Plants need water’ cartoon sequence and rearrange it into the correct...

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