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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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Disaster Response: How do Engineers Save Lives?

This suite of student activities, challenges and related resources aims to give students an insight into the roles of engineers following a natural disaster.The short introductory activities increase students’ awareness of the range of types of natural disaster and the kinds of problems associated with them, as well...
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Solar Images and Data

This resource contains three activities and accompanying teachers’ notes.Picking out the detailsUsing images from the Hinode satellite and the Solar Dynamics Observatory, this activity requires students to use scale and unit conversions to learn more about the size and surface of the Sun.Handling faint and bright...
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Space Weather Effects

This resource contains two activities and accompanying teachers’ notes.Effect on a solar telescopeUsing images from the SoHO satellite, students make an estimate the speed of charged particles in a Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun.Space weather and dodgy dataStudents look at data from a GPS satellite to...
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Spectra

This resource contains two activities and accompanying teachers’ notes.Spectra: A tale of two elementsStudents must analyse data and review scientific ideas to explain observations made of the spectrum of the Sun.Spectra: Solar fingerprintsUsing spectra from satellite data, students must relate the wavelengths of...
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Earth Sun Moon Distances

Basketball EarthThis resource uses a basketball as the Earth to set up a scale model to the distance to the Moon, satellites and distances such as the thickness of the atmosphere and the height of transatlantic jets. Students must do a card matching exercise to match objects to distances in their list. It is suggested...
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How Big and How Far?

How big?This resource uses scale models to understand the huge differences between the Sun and other stars in the galaxy. The spreadsheet gives scales for the Sun and five other stars, ranging from the gigantic Betelgeuse to tiny Sirius B. Students can draw out these scale models using pencils and string.How far?In...
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Hubble's Universe

The aim of this resource is to understand the levels of structure in space – Solar System, galaxy, Universe. The spreadsheet exercise allows students to discover this structure in a graphical form. Students can find more examples of objects on the European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble site. The idea of creating a holiday...
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I Am a Star

This resource is based around the chemical composition of the human body and the origin of elements in the universe. Students can input a mass in the spreadsheet to see what proportion of their mass is from elements created in the Big Bang, in stars and in supernovae. Graphs are also shown for the relative abundance...
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