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Emotional robot

A short starter activity for students of all ages. It would make a good introduction to lessons on robotics or artificial intelligence and could spark a discussion on how neural networks might be used to create human-like behaviour. Equally, when discussing HCI design, it might move the debate beyond keyboard and...

Plants

This issue of Big Picture provides lots of interesting information about flowering plants and their uses. 

The plant hormones animation explores the action of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and shows how scientists used experimental evidence to explain the role of auxins in a phototrophic response.

The...

Ecology and Simpsons Diversity Index

These activities allow students to model how environmental scientists compare diversity in different ecosystems by using ordinary playing cards as ‘species’ to generate data to calculate Simpson’s Diversity Index.   This can be completed in a single lesson. Some students find the concept of species diversity quite...

From idea to career: explore 12 areas of engineering

A closer look at 12 different engineering disciplines to help students work out which area(s) might be right for them.

Engineering is a diverse, wide-reaching sector and it can be hard to decide which of the many areas to pursue. In this booklet aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds, you will find an overview of...

Engineering career route maps

Opportunities for engineers exist at all levels and these career route maps from Tomorrow’s Engineers show various routes through education and training to become a professional engineer in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Engineering careers notes for teachers

There is a high demand for engineers in the UK – in fact engineering is one of the most in demand jobs globally. From apprentices to technicians; graduates to postgraduates – engineers are needed at all levels, in a wide range of sectors.

This four-page leaflet from Tomorrow’s Engineers helps teachers...

Gravitational waves

This Catalyst article explores gravitational waves which have been observed for the first time, a century after they were first predicted by Albert Einstein.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2016, Volume 26, Issue 4.

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Catalyst volume 26 issue 4: full magazine

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:

Dust to dust?

This Catalyst article looks at soil composition and the reasons behind protecting soil from turning into dust. The UN Year of Soils highlighted the many ways in...

Football in science teaching

What is the perfect curve of a ball’s trajectory, what must the ideal turf be like, and what’s the CO2 balance of the UEFA European Championship? From the measurement of the mass of the air inside the ball, to the influence of energy drinks on the performance of the...

Wood decay fungi

This  Catalyst article looks at the work of scientists who use biochemical and DNA analysis to learn more about how fungi cause dead wood to decay.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2016, Volume 26, Issue 4.

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