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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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Algebra on the Planet Zog!

Produced by the Maths Magic project, Algebra on the Planet Zog! provides teacher inspiration for ‘clock’ or modulo arithmetic. Describing addition modulo six, students are asked to complete an addition table. There then follows a number of rich, searching questions asking students to extend their knowledge resulting...
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Are You a 'Golden' Person?

Produced by the Maths Magic project, Are you a ‘Golden’ Person? provides teacher inspiration for investigating the Golden ratio. Beginning with an investigation into the ratio between successive terms of the Fibonacci sequence, a link to a video provides further ideas and information on the Golden ratio. Three student...
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Comparing Datasets

This activity is produced by the Maths Magic project. Comparing Datasets provides examples and ideas for comparing data using mean, mode median, interquartile range and standard deviation. The examples suggested are: *Do males have faster reaction times than females? *Is life expectancy higher in the North or South of...
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Different Picture - Same Story

This activity is produced by the Maths Magic project. Different Picture – Same Story provides examples and ideas for interpreting statistical diagrams and asks the question ‘Why do we need lots of different ways to communicate the same information?’.The teaching plan uses the resources from the Standards Unit...
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