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Mass Spectroscopy *suitable for home teaching*

This resource looks at how cutting edge science is being used to answer archaeological questions, as well as solving present day problems, such as the identification of meat in processed foods. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA was performed, at the University of York, on samples from skeletal remains unearthed by the...

Secondary: Immune Defences *suitable for home teaching*

Produced by the Health Protection Agency, this e-bug resource contains teacher guidance, stimulus materials and student activity suggestions. It looks at the topic of disease prevention by the body’s own natural defences. A detailed presentation and animations showing how the body fights harmful microbes on a daily...

Ultrasound *suitable for home teaching*

This resource from the Institute of Physics, describes how ultrasound can be used to image the body. The video describes how ultrasound can be used to image a professional footballer's knee to investigate the cause of pain. The teachers' notes contain an introduction to ultra-sound imaging, lesson notes linked to...

Let’s Dissect – the Digestive Tract *suitable for home teaching*

This tutorial, from Bristol University’s Let’s Dissect, highlights the structure and function of the digestive tract, including the salivary glands, oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine, villi, large intestine and rectum. Curriculum links include the digestive process,...

Evolutionary History of Life

This resource links to evolution and inheritance, providing a video of a news report on the history of life on Earth. A newsreader highlights the progression of some species from ‘simple’ life such as single celled organisms progressing to more complex organisms at different stages in evolutionary history,...

Primary: Body Defences (Immunity)

Produced by the Health Protection Agency, this e-Bug resource helps students to look at the different ways the body defends itself against harmful infections. Extensive teacher guidance and stimulus materials help to cover topics including: * How the skin forms a barrier that prevents microbes entering the body *...

Space Case

Spacecraft materials kit: the challenge

Spacecraft materials kit: classroom demonstration

Investigate properties of materials and decide which would be suitable for use on a spacecraft, in this resource aimed at upper primary children. A PowerPoint presentation, which includes an introduction from...

Emergency Communications

Engineers are vital when a disaster strikes. When there are floods, hurricanes or earthquakes, it is engineers that are needed. As the engineer rescue team, students are challenged to develop an engineering solution to ensure communications between two towns can be maintained. Students must: 1. Design and build...

Table Tennis Server

Students work in teams to design and make a prototype device that will serve tennis balls consistently across a table tennis table. The server must fit securely on the edge of the table and serve at least four balls accurately and precisely in the same position and allow the ball to be returned. In this...

Flood Defence

Students work in teams to design and make a prototype device that can design and make a prototype of a simple device (to be sold in stores like B&Q) that will allow homeowners to remove water from their house during periods of flooding.

In this challenge the device will have to move 100ml of water from...

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