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Handy Hydro: Ultimate STEM Challenge

This is Challenge Two of the 2017-18 BP Ultimate Stem Challenge. The challenge is to design a simple system to generate electricity from moving water. Students are to plan and carry out an investigation to measure how much electrical...

Plastic challenge

This resource contains a series of lessons which are designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of plastics and plastic waste on a global scale. Linking to materials and their properties, the environment, recycling and design and technology, they contain investigations and activities aimed at both...

Mission X: train like an astronaut

Mission X is supported by the UK Space Agency, ESA and NASA. It is a free education programme developed by NASA scientists and fitness professional working with astronaut and space agencies across the world. Mission X uses the excitement of space exploration to inspire students to learn more about nutrition,...

Parched Plants: Ultimate STEM Challenge

This is Challenge three of the 2017-18 . The competition is open to teams of two to four students aged 11 to 14 from across the UK.  Students can win some fantastic prizes, including an invitation to a celebratory event at the Science Museum, an Ultimate STEM experience day, £500 for their...

Brilliant Biogas: Ultimate STEM Challenge

This challenge is to design a system to generate and capture biomethane from food waste. Students are then to conduct an investigation to measure how to produce the most biomethane and find the best design for extracting biomethane from food waste.

This is Challenge One of the 2017-18 ...

Climate change floating gardens

A hands on activity from Practical Action showing students show to make a model of the floating gardens used in Bangladesh to adapt to the effects of climate change. Instructions on how to build a model of a ‘floating garden’ using very simple material and more information on the project are provided. Further case...

Improving glue

This is an  activity where students make glues using milk. They make a glue following a given procedure and then alter the method to see if they can make a stronger glue.
Different milks and bases are provided, though some students may decide to make the glue acidic or basic or add less water when making the...

Take your medicine

In this activity students investigate the rate of dissolution of different tablets in water and dilute hydrochloric acid (stomach strength, pH 2). They  then record and interpret their observations by answering questions.

Colour questions

In this activity tudents observe what happens when water or fat soluble pigments are added to water, oil or both. They mix a water soluble ink or food dye with water and add oil. They then mix grated carrot with water before adding oil. The students record their observations, attempt explanations and suggest...

Exploding cells

Students observe what happens to blood added to salt solutions of different concentrations. This is done in test tubes, although it may also be possible to observe what happens under a microscope. The students record their observations and attempt to explain what has happened to the red blood cells. They then...

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