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Rockets (Key Stage Three)

These materials use the land speed record attempt as a context for teaching about the irreversible changes and energy transfers that occur in BLOODHOUND SSC’s rocket engine.

The BLOODHOUND SuperSonic Car (SSC) World...

Extraction of DNA

In this experiment, students can extract DNA from a variety of animal and plant materials that can be found in a household kitchen. The video shows how DNA can be extracted from an onion, and can be performed as an individual or group...

Measuring the Thrust of a Balloon Powered Car

This activity from BLOODHOUND SSC illustrates the forces acting on BLOODHOUND SSC by calculating the thrust of a balloon powered car. The resource explores thrust as a concept, tying in with Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Students:
* Build a balloon car
* Conduct speed-time experiments using the...

Investigating the Hardness of Materials

This activity, from BLOODHOUND SCC, allows students to explore ways to measure the hardness of surfaces. It can lead on to further discussion such as considering the influence of surfaces in sports like tennis, rugby and netball.

The activity is useful for developing investigative and measurement skills and...

Investigating the Hardness of Materials

In this activity from BLOODHOUND SSC, students explore ways in which to measure the hardness of surfaces. In doing so they develop their investigative and measurement skills, as well as numeracy. Students are encouraged to consider what hardness is, what effects the hardness of a surface can have on objects moving...

Centre of Gravity

These resources are investigations into balance from BLOODHOUND SSC. They see how changing the position of the centre of gravity affects a body's stability.

The enquiry focuses on the 'topple bottle'. If a bottle is tilted it will topple when the centre of gravity is displaced outside where the bottle is in...

Speed of Sound

In this experiment, from BLOODHOUND SSC, students discover how easy it is to measure the speed of sound and increase their knowledge of acoustics, using microphones and free audio software (Audacity). The experiment takes into account differing temperatures, pressures and humidities.

This resource includes...

Investigating Motion

In this resource, from BLOODHOUND SSC, students answer sets of questions about acceleration, velocity and motion in relation to BLOODHOUND SSC. They also investigate 'g force' and how free falling or lack of gravity affects acceleration. The students then go on to investigate the physiological effects of motion,...

Forensic Chemistry

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). Forensic science is widely featured in TV dramas and newspaper articles, though many people have a distorted view of this area.

The booklet introduces a range of qualitative and...

ICT in Practical Science: New Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis

These resources were developed by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme and the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University in order to demonstrate new ways that ICT can be used to enhance practical work in science. Research scientists use computer technology in both the collection and the...

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