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Measurements with the Sun

Measuring the diameter of our star This simple exercise allows students to measure the diameter of the Sun using a metre rule and two pieces of card. An image of the Sun needs to be projected on the card using a small hole in one piece of card.Measuring the number of hours in a day Using a cardboard box and pinhole to...
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Solar Tornadoes

This resource uses the context of tornadoes in the solar atmosphere to investigate circular motion and energy changes. A hole is drilled in the bottom of a washing up bowl and orange pith can be used to track the motion of the water when draining through the bottom and creating a vortex. The Key Stage Three activity...
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What Is Your Real Star Sign?

By constructing a model of the constellations in the zodiac, students can learn about the relative motion of the Sun and the Earth. Students can find their own star sign and discover how the view from the Earth will change as the Earth orbits the Sun. The model allows them to see how the night sky changes over a year...
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Chromatography of Leaves

In this classic experiment, from the Royal Society of chemistry, students use propanone to separate the pigments in a leaf. Chopping up the leaves, and grinding them up with propanone releases the pigments. Propanone is also the solvent used to separate the pigments. The resource is set out as teachers' notes followed...
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Creating sparks for energy

This resource challenges students to design a spectacular human-powered invention for creating the spark which lights the bio-fuel generator of a newly built state-of-the-art, eco-friendly house. The students need to produce a design for their invention and enough evidence to convince the judges that the device will...
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Wetsuits for paratriathletes

This challenge is an opportunity for students to explore, experiment and innovate whilst designing a specialised wetsuit for paratriathletes who need specialised equipment to allow them to compete. Whilst the development in technology of prosthetic limbs, racing wheelchairs and handcycles has been substantial, no...
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Catching the drugs cheats

Students are challenged to prove their proficiency at providing a laboratory service in a scaled down version of the International Accreditation process. They will have to show that they can assemble and use certain apparatus, and use tests to analyse samples, identify and measure specified substances. A key part of...
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Design a sports glove

In this resource, students design a new glove for use in a sport of their choice. Students may find it helpful to talk with local people who partake in their chosen sport. The P.E. Department may be able to suggest suitable contacts.A selection of tests, activities and factsheets are available for the students to use...
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Develop a new sports venue

This resource requires students to consider the challenges of designing and developing a new sports venue. To make this challenge more manageable, it has been divided into four separate challenges: the site, the structure, the court and the environment. As well as researching and developing ideas, the challenge is an...
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Maths and science challenge 2012

This challenge asks teams of students to plan a major sporting event in their local area. The resource provides an opportunity for students to explore their ideas in a creative environment. Teams can define their own goals and priorities, but may want to focus on three main areas of planning an event:• Choosing a...
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