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Spotting Magnetic Storms

This experiment shows how to Spot Magnetic Storms by making a magnetic storm spotter. It is taken from the booklet, produced by Dr. Lucie Green, from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which contains four simple activities to enrich the teaching...

Glaciers and Climate Change

This resource consists of five lessons in which students research the effect of climate change on glaciers.

The overall learning objectives for the lessons are:

* To understand the definition of a glacier
* To understand what glacier mass balance means (what inputs mass and what are the outputs...

Beautiful Numbers

This lesson or enrichment activity investigates recursive algorithms using Fibonacci series.

It begins with an engaging maths magic trick ‘how to fake a super brain’ that uses a special property of Fibonacci numbers, and proceeds to look at the Golden Ratio in nature and its ‘beautiful’ properties.

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The Tyndall Effect

This classic experiment, using milk in water, demonstrates how light of different wavelengths is scattered in the atmosphere - answering the question, "Why is the sky blue?".
The investigation requires students to report on their findings from scientific enquiry and use their understanding of mixtures and...

A-level set practicals: dissection and microscopy of a plant stem

This experiment provides a quick and eye-catching way to teach about the vascular tissue in plants and the structure of plant stems. It provides students with the opportunity to develop (and demonstrate) their scientific drawing skills as well as their use of a light microscope and eye-piece graticule.

The...

A-level set practicals: TLC of plant photosynthetic pigments

This resource, from SAPS, supports the use of practicals across 2015 A-level biology specifications.

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A-level set practicals: factors effecting rates of photosynthesis

This updated version of the SAPS algal balls resource is designed to support the use of practicals across 2015 A-level biology specifications.

Students measure the rate of photosynthesis in comparison to the rate of respiration. Because of this, it is possible to determine the light intensity at which the...

Investigating osmosis: measuring the water potential of a potato cell

Understanding the osmotic potential of plant cells is a key part of understanding...

A-level set practicals: using a potometer

This resource from SAPS supports the use of practicals across 2015 A level biology specifications.

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Displacement Reactions of Metals

In this microscale chemistry experiment, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, students carry out reactions between metals and metal salts on a clear plastic sheet covering a work sheet. The reactions involve the metals copper, magnesium, zinc and iron. The resource is set out as teachers' notes followed by the...

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