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Stop the spread STEM challenge

Stop the spread is a new STEM challenge for students aged 7 to 16. Highlighting the global issue of infectious disease students design, build and test a model of a hand washing device and produce educational materials for children in Kenya to encourage hand washing. It is accredited for the British Science...

Regreen the desert

Practical Action have supplied this teacher's pack to challenge students to use their STEM skills to come up with solutions to a problem of water shortage in Sudan. The pack includes a PowerPoint presentation and Teacher Guide so that teachers can outline the problem to their students. The PowerPoint makes...

Wellcome Trust: Tree of life *suitable for home teaching*

Produced by the Wellcome Trust, these resources include an interactive evolutionary tree and a video of the Tree of Life. These materials will help students to find out more about the work of Charles Darwin and evolution. The resources contain:

Tree of life video: The video is a short...

Thinkers Activity 2: Living well *suitable for home teaching*

In this resource, aimed at primary level, children explore the requirements for successful plant growth and plan fair tests to investigate their ideas. Children are then challenged to explain how plants adapt to live in different conditions such as: deserts, in shady areas of rainforests and in water. It includes...

Discoverers Activity 3: Sorting and Sprouting *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, aimed at younger primary learners, helps children understand the role of seeds in the life cycle of a plant. It contains two activities; the first asks children to observe and sort a variety of seeds discovering the variety of shapes, sizes and colours. They then go on to investigate the conditions...

Plants *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, from ARKive, is designed to teach students  about the main parts of a plant and their primary functions. Children complete a worksheet-based activity in which they must label and colour the main plant parts. This includes listing the function of each part. Children learn about some of the different...

Grow Sunflowers, Make Plant Pots *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, from the National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC), explains how children can grow their own sunflowers and how plant oils can be made into plastic. It helps to demonstrate how sunflowers can be grown to produce a renewable supply of plant oil. This activity can be done at home or in school and allows...

Lookouts Activity 1: Thinking Walk *suitable for home teaching*

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...

Sea level and Liverpool

A series of three short videos from the University of Liverpool, offering three perspectives on rising sea levels. 

Personal perspective

The video is a personal perspective looking at changes in sea levels over differing time-scales: from second to second to decades, with both local and global...

Plants

This issue of Big Picture provides lots of interesting information about flowering plants and their uses. 

The plant hormones animation explores the action of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and shows how scientists used experimental evidence to explain the role of auxins in a phototrophic response.

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