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Moving About in Space

Supported by the UK Space Agency, this podcast from Fun Kids Radio, answers questions from children about space. Rodrick from Qinetiq answers the question “How do spaceships and satellites move around once they are up there?”. Rodrick talks about the use of ion thrusters as one possible way to do this. Luke from...

Internet, Spacesuits and Cooking

Supported by the UK Space Agency, this podcast from Fun Kids Radio, answers questions from children about space. Astronaut Tim Peake answers “Do you have e-mail and internet on board the International Space Station?”, “What are spacesuits made of?” and “How do you cook in space?”

How Do You Become an Astronaut?

Supported by the UK Space Agency, this podcast from Fun Kids Radio, answers questions from children about space. Astronaut Tim Peake answers the question “How did you become an astronaut?” and Matthew Evans from Reaction Engines, talks about the space plane that they are developing, that could increase global space...

Helicopter Seeds

This Cre8ate maths flight testing activity requires students to work in groups and, having made their own helicopter seed model from a template, record the landing positions and distances from a central point when the model is dropped from a standard height of one metre. The experiment is repeated ten times and...

Growing More

This rich task from Cre8ate introduces students to a Latin Square, where each row and each column has all the variables once and only once. Students may be aware of Sudoku puzzles which are based on this scenario. They are challenged to find 12 different designs which satisfy the stated conditions for planting...

Ferries

This Cre8ate maths activity allows the opportunity to discuss the modelling function of mathematics. The tasks allow students to develop their own strategies and to consider the idea of an ‘efficient’ algorithm. In addition, 'First fit and full bins' activity involves work on ratio and pie charts.

Eggnaut

In this resource from ESA, students' mission is to design and build a vehicle that will protect their Eggnaut from the perils of re-entry from space. The objective is to have your Eggnaut survive the fall without a crack. The project can be adpated for either primary or secondary students. The resource was produced...

Designing Logos

In this activity from Cre8ate maths students are encouraged to experiment with different kinds of symmetry to create a suitable logo.

There is an exercise in using symmetrical properties to reproduce previously designed logos and this activity is complemented by Creating a logo, which gives students a free...

Bricks and Tiles

This activity from Cre8ate maths investigates the lines of horizontal and vertical weakness in walls. Initially students are shown four walls and have to identify the lines of weakness in them, before finding the smallest rectangular solution which has no lines of weakness. Students should record their designs as...

Modems unplugged - sound representation

All data on computers is stored and transmitted using the binary number system. When the binary digits need to be sent over the phone lines (which often happens in home internet connections), the digits are converted to sound and decoded at the other end using a modem. This activity uses audio coding similar...

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