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Water Supply and Sustainability

This resource pack can be used to highlight issues such as global water scarcity, the challenges people face when sourcing water and maintaining a water supply in developing countries and the role of the engineers in solving these problems.

The activities are introduced with a quick quiz and a presentation....

Power for everyone everywhere

This activity allows pupils to explore the principles of wind turbine movement, apply them and work in teams to plan and build a miniature wind turbine. Turbine performance is also evaluated after testing.

The activities introduce the notion of unequal access to reliable electricity in the world and the...

Appliance Science

The EU has recently imposed limits on the power ratings of vacuum cleaners, and proposes further limits on appliances such as hairdryers. In this activity students consider a further (fictional) future restriction, on home electricity use. Students calculate the energy transferred in kilowatt-hours by the...

Space rocks

This short video and accompanying worksheet explains where asteroids and meteoroids come from, what they are made from and how they may sometimes fall to Earth. It also looks at how comets are formed and the role they may have played in bringing water to Earth.

This...

Monsoon Proof Roof

This resource provides a practical context to explore the uses of everyday materials, based on their properties. Children are introduced to a problem of building a flood- proof home, which is faced by families in local communities in Bangladesh, looking at solutions that have been developed to solve this problem....

Investigating the Anti-Cancer Properties of Plants

In this resource, pupils carry out an investigation into the presence of vitamin C, an antioxidant, in the different parts of different plants. This is put in the context of Dr Jess Chu, a young scientist researching Malaysian rainforest plants to see if they have any antioxidant, anti-cancer or antibacterial...

Entomologist

Deagan is an entomologist for the Forestry Commission, and has travelled the world as part of his job.

Curriculum links include classification, climate change, biodiversity, species, taxonomy, ecosystems, rainforests

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Universe in a Box

Aimed at primary level, this book provides a comprehensive range of practical activities relating to Earth and Space, light and astronomy. ‘Hands on’ activities include: creating a lunar landscape, Moon storytelling, modelling a solar eclipse, building a sundial,...

Hitting the Moon

In this lesson, students will learn about solar system orbits and how asteroids can become dislodged and sent on a collision course with the Earth. They will then conduct an investigation into the relationship between impact speed and crater size in the context of Moon impacts. This activity is differentiated for...

Our Solar System

This creative research project allows children working at primary level to discover our closest neighbours in space and develop their communication skills. Working in groups, children research the eight planets, comets and asteroids in our Solar System. They find out about moons and rings, which planets have them...

The Solar System - ESA video

This short animation film joins the alien, Paxi, as he explores the solar system. He enhances pupils understanding of the Solar system by visiting and discussing each planet in order, identifying asteroid belts and comets and exploring the Sun as an important star. He gives key important facts for each area...

Hot mug challenge

The video and worksheet set out a measurement challenge for students that can be carried out at home or in school. Students use four different drinks containers to measure the rate of cooling of hot water to investigate how the material and use of a lid affects the process. A stainless steel insulated cup with...

Bismuth - spectacular science

This activity comes as a presentation, aimed at using an engaging material to probe the children's thinking, reasoning and scientific talk skills. Asking questions such as: ‘How is this crystal formed?’, and ‘What causes the colours?’ It provides an opportunity to get the children thinking and talking ‘science’, by...

The Wright Brothers - reading comprehension

This activity has a colourful and engaging reading page, followed by targeted questions which cover a broad range of reading skills, along with some linked grammar questions, such as questions, statements and commands. This fascinating fact sheet is also differentiated to both higher and lower abilities, with two...

Dancing cornflour - spectacular science

This activity comes as a presentation, aimed at using an engaging material to probe the children's thinking, reasoning and scientific talk skills. Asking questions such as: ‘What happens when you mix cornflour and water?’, and ‘What could be causing it to move in this way?’ It provides an opportunity to get the...

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