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Algorithms

The video explains the purpose of the activity which is to understand that different algorithms will produce the same results, but some methods are more efficient than others.This is an unplugged activity which means that the computing principles are understood without the use of a computer. Students use tangram...

Computational Thinking

The video explains the purpose of the task which is to understand the concept of computational thinking. This is an unplugged activity which means that students explore the concept without the use of a computer.

In this activity, students attempt to understand the four steps of computational thinking....

The Internet

The video explains the purpose of the activity which is, in simple terms, how the Internet works. This is an unplugged activity meaning that computing concepts are learnt without the use of a computer. All relevent terminology is explained. The lesson shows students pretending to flow through the Internet, whilst...

Tim Peake's Food Likes

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks astronaut Tim Peake about what foods he likes to eat. Tim talks about how it is also important psychologically, as well as nutritionally, to eat good food in space. Tim also explains that having some British food...

Why Science Is NOT 'Just a Theory'

In this film from the Royal Institution, Jim Al-Khalili explains the difference between scientific theory and the theories people may have in everyday life.

In general conversation, a ‘theory’ might simply mean a guess. But a scientific theory is founded on strong evidence and provides ways to make real-...

Your Life

This video aims to show students the possibilities that will open up to them if they decide to study mathematics and physics. The film is part of the three year Your Life campaign to ensure young adults in the UK have the mathematics and science skills needed to succeed in the current competitive global economy....

Sound and Light

This short film follows Martin Archer, from Imperial College, as he explores how to increase a child’s understanding of sound through a visual demonstration of a sound wave. He explains how a Rubens Tube can be used to show a sound wave by passing sound through a metal tube full of gas. The top of the tube has...

Tim Peake: Becoming an Astronaut

Filmed at the ESERO-UK Secondary Conference, in 2014, this video features UK European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake talking about the importance of science skills to be able to work on the International Space Station (ISS). He talks about his route to becoming an astronaut and possible career routes into...

The Hammer and the Feather on the Moon

This classic Apollo 15 clip, from Footagevault, demonstrates that the mass of an object does not affect the time it takes to fall when dropped in a vacuum. The clip could be used in Key Stage Three and Four lessons on forces.

Astronauts Leaping on the Moon

This footage, from Footagevault, documents the locomotion of humans on the moon under reduced gravity conditions. It can be used with Key Stage Three and Four students to start discussions about forces. This clip shows Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan leaping towards the camera with great big kangaroo hops.

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