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Computers and maths in space

Mathematics plays a vital part in space flight, it gives us a way both to predict what should happen in the future and also ways to measure what’s actually happening in the present, and adapt to it. In this resource we look at a few places where maths helps in space flight. The maths is made simple here (it’s far,...

Building Images

In this activity, students create colour images from satellite data. This allows them to study how different surfaces reflect different wavelengths of light, how coloured images are created using an RGB model, and how band combinations can be chosen to examine a particular landscape effectively.

Your career in cancer research

This booklet provides useful information on a variety of routes into a career in cancer research including the fields of mathematics, computer science, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, medicine and non-research roles.

Pseudocode Challenge

This activity, created by Pete Dring and originally published here, contains a resource which is accessed via the web browser (although it is just on the local machine). The web page once loaded contains 20 interactive ...

Which Way Is Up?

For teachers of secondary school science, this Astro-Pi physics resource looks at gravity, microgravity and weightlessness. Students learn the fundamentals of gravitational force and potential energy, and apply these ideas to projectiles and orbiting bodies - particularly the International Space Station (ISS)....

Space Radiation

For teachers of advanced physics who may have an interest in computing, this Astro-Pi activity explores radiation in space and considers how it might affect human health. Humans currently live aboard the International Space Station, where they are exposed to radiation emanating from the Sun and from cosmic ray...

Fly by the Stars

Satellites and other spacecraft use star cameras to image space and to determine which direction they are pointing.

This resource, suitable for upper secondary school students, looks in detail at the night sky, examining objects and orbital motion within the solar system. Constellations and the stories...

Magnetic Earth

This AstroPi resource helps secondary school students investigate the magnetic field of the Earth. The series of activities develops from basic principles of magnetism through to some understanding of the nature and cause of the Earth's magnetism.

The guide links to several other eLibrary resources and a...

Build a robot buggy

In this project students learn to build a robot buggy using a Raspberry Pi. It contains detailed tutorials that cover:

  • How to setup a motor controller board with two motors
  • How to control motors using Python
  • How to build a robot chassis

These activities are aimed at ...

Emotional robot

A short starter activity for students of all ages. It would make a good introduction to lessons on robotics or artificial intelligence and could spark a discussion on how neural networks might be used to create human-like behaviour?. Equally, when discussing HCI design, it might move the debate beyond keyboard and...

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