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Can hearing low-pitched or high-pitched sounds affect taste?

In this activity children investigate how sound affects the taste of chocolate. They create a scale for sweetness and record how sweet/bitter chocolate tastes when listening to 2 different soundscapes. They then discuss how bitterness or sweetness can be affected by the pitch of a sound and how this may be...

The effect of hearing on the taste and texture of food

In this activity children investigate how sound affects the taste of food. They test how two samples of crisps taste whilst hearing sounds created by various shakers. They then compare results from other children and see what they have in common.

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Improving science teacher retention: do National STEM Learning Network professional development courses keep science teachers in the classroom?

The Wellcome Trust commissioned the research reported here with two aims: to develop a greater understanding of science teacher retention; and to test whether there is any link between subject specific CPD delivered by the National STEM Learning Network and likelihood to stay in the profession.

The research...

Literature review of assessment for learning in science

This literature review, by NFER, sought to address the following research questions:

  • What does AfL in science involve?
  • What AfL techniques are most commonly used in science?
  • Does science make use of different AfL techniques to other subjects?
  • How commonly is AfL used in...

Science Teaching in Schools: Report with Evidence - House of Lords 2005-06

A report published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (the 10th report of the session 2005-06), it focuses on secondary education in England, with regard to: *student attitudes and choices, and the effect on the take-up of science at GCSE and beyond *teaching methods *the recruitment and...

School science technician networks: a guide to setting up one and making it succeed

This guide, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, draws on the advice of a number of experienced senior science technicians on how to set up a technician network. A local science technician network is a great way to share expertise, solve problems, gather ideas and to carry out cost effective...

Designing for disabled children and children with special educational needs

Children and young people need attractive, accessible school buildings.  ‘Inclusive’ design can enable and empower those with SEN and disabilities to participate fully in life at school and in the wider community. This building bulletin draws together information to help everyone involved in designing these schools...

Getting Practical: a Framework for Practical Work in Science

This booklet from SCORE aims to help teachers to recognise and plan for a wide variety of high quality science practical work, ranging from out of the classroom learning to opportunities for students to practise specific techniques and procedures.

The booklet defines practical work in science and explains...

Birth of the Solar System

Produced by Twig, this animated video is a clear and accessible explanation of how the Solar System fromed. The video describes how:

* the solar system grew from a ball of gas which formed the Sun

* gravity caused heavy material to cluster together and eventually form planets

* the inner...

Lighthouse keeper challenge

This challenge provides a STEM activity day in which teams of children work together to design a way of getting lighthouse keepers back to the mainland from a lighthouse based on a small island 200 metres from the nearest land. The design will need to use a zip line to carry the keeper safely across the waves...

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