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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...

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...

Mission to the Moon

This collection of practical activities, investigations and games is all based on current lunar research. It supports many aspects of working scientifically and links to area of the curriculum including: earth and space, light and shadows, forces, materials, changes of state and rocks and soils. Activities are...

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...

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...

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...

Lookouts Activity 2: Spot the Plant

In this resource aimed at younger primary learners, children learn how to identify and name common plants. The activities contain a thinking walk where children are challenged to find a selection plants by matching them to The Great Plant Hunt Identikit provided. They record details about where they found the...

Lookouts Activity 1: Thinking Walk

Aimed at younger primary learners, this resource provides an opportunity to review the parts of a plant, look at the differences between different plants and to find words to describe them. The activity involves children planning a thinking walk, considering how they will respect the plants and other living things...

Darwin's Lookouts: Quick Start Resources

This resource pack aimed at younger primary level, provides activities in which children learn how to identify and name some common UK plants, learn to recognise the parts of a plant and to discover the variety within plants. Designed as an introduction to a topic on plants, it could be used in class or assembly to...

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