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Solar Challenge

Students investigate the generation of electricity by solar cells and how this can transform the lives of people without access to mains electricity.  The challenge is based on Practical Action's work in Gwanda, Zimbabwe.  

The Big Bang Lesson *suitable for home teaching*

The lesson activities and resources for 'The Big Bang Lesson' are provided here for teachers and lecturers to use in their own schools and colleges.

The lesson outline includes links to many of the presentation slides used by Professor Cox in his lesson, and also to clips from Professor Cox's STAR...

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 land-speed record attempt aims to reach a target speed of 1000 miles per hour. A massive...

Key Stage Four: Carbon Dioxide

In this lesson from the Science and Technology Council (STFC), students use an experiment to see if carbon dioxide does cause global warming. The lesson starts with a presentation which raises questions to be answered by the experiment. Students are asked to evaluate the method and results before planning and...

Water, Water, Everywhere? (11-14)

This resource, from Siemens UK, encourages students to appreciate the importance of clean water and the problems that may arise in the absence of it. Students consider soluble and insoluble pollutants and methods of filtration. They then explore contamination by microorganisms, water-borne diseases and the...

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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