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Is There Anyone Out There?

This resource was funded by the UK Space Agency and developed by ESERO-UK and CIEC Promoting Science. It is based upon the quest to discover more about the solar system through space projects such as the European Space Agency’s Aurora programme, and NASA’s Curiosity mission seeking to gather evidence of life on the...
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Little Green Men

This resource was funded by the Spacelink Learning Foundation and written by Sheffield Hallam University. It is aimed at students between 14 and 16 years of age. The resource investigates the idea of alien life, and consists of eight exercise sheets for students:*Earth Calling looks at messages that have been sent out...
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2000 - 2009

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Mission to Mars

This resource was funded by the Spacelink Learning Foundation and written by Sheffield Hallam University. It is aimed at students between 11 and 14 years of age. The resource is based around the Beagle 2 mission to Mars. The students have five main tasks: • Work in a team to prepare a short drama about the plight of...
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2000 - 2009

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Make it move: electric racer

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students build an electric racer powered by a super-capacitor. Students must construct the racer and choose which pulley ratio will enable it to cover the greatest distance.Students decide on the pulley ratio following observations of the in-...
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Make It Move: Linear Actuator

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students make a linear actuator. The lead screw linear actuator uses a motor driven screw thread to move a threaded slider along its length. Limit switches turn off the motor when the slider reaches either end of its movement track.Students...
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Make It Move: Muscle Wire Actuator

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students construct a lever that is moved by muscle wire. This is a conductor that contracts when an electric current is passed through it. The wire movement controls a lever.Students are asked to consider:* What are the advantages and...
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Make It Move: Rotating Arm Actuator

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students make a rotating arm actuator. This uses a geared dc motor to turn a friction fit arm. Two cams can be set at different angles to operate limit switches to control the movement of the arm.Power is fed to the motor using an H bridge...
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Linking Textiles and Electronics at Key Stage Three

This set of course materials from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network were designed to build an understanding of how electronics can be combined with textiles at Key Stage Three, starting with simple circuits and leading to more complex programming and effects.The practical sessions ran from week two to week...
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Robot Swarms

Together with related activities from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this resource allows students to investigate the wide range of sophisticated imaging technology available in modern hospitals, and to explore the latest ideas in search-and-rescue robotics.Students work in small teams to create...
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Input, Process and Output

This resource looks at what properties of infra-red make it so useful in gaming technology? Students develop a working prototype of a simple infra-red electronic circuit, identify an input and an output and test the performance of the circuit. They then explain how the findings of their research could affect their...
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