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  • Support your students to evaluate products and designs. The Practical Action evaluation tools give students (aged 7-19) an opportunity to analyse their products, designs or existing products.
    Practical Action evaluation tools
    Support your students to evaluate products and designs. The Practical Action evaluation tools give students (aged 7-19) an opportunity to analyse their products, designs or existing products.
  • A free colourful A1 Poster for students aged 7-18 with 90 ideas of small things they can do to make a difference to their global community and environment, plus space for them to add 10 ideas of their own. Divided into the 6R’s ( Reduce , Reuse, Recycle , Repair, Refuse, Rethink) it can be used as a great teaching resource as well as a poster.
    100 Small things
    A free colourful A1 Poster for students aged 7-18 with 90 ideas of small things they can do to make a difference to their global community and environment, plus space for them to add 10 ideas of their own. Divided into the 6R’s ( Reduce , Reuse, Recycle , Repair, Refuse, Rethink) it can be used as a great teaching resource as well as a poster.
  • A fun hands on investigation suitable for KS 2-5 pupils  The problem: as a result of climate change there is more rain in Bangladesh than ever before.  Land where farmers used to grow their crops is now flooded on a regular basis.
    Floating garden challenge
    A fun hands on investigation suitable for KS 2-5 pupils The problem: as a result of climate change there is more rain in Bangladesh than ever before. Land where farmers used to grow their crops is now flooded on a regular basis.
  • Timstar have compiled the relevant practical and product listings required for A-Level Physics, Biology and Chemistry for students to attain the required practical skills
    A Level Practical & Product Listing
    Timstar have compiled the relevant practical and product listings required for A-Level Physics, Biology and Chemistry for students to attain the required practical skills
  • This new resource form the Copper Development Association explores ways in which electric motors can be made more efficient and factors that affect their efficiency.
    Copper and Electricity: Efficient Motors
    This new resource form the Copper Development Association explores ways in which electric motors can be made more efficient and factors that affect their efficiency.
  • This resource explores density, resistivity and electrical conductivity in the context of copper.
    Bulk Properties of Copper: Density and Resistivity
    This resource explores density, resistivity and electrical conductivity in the context of copper.
  • The very popular Copper Development Association resources have now been expanded and updated. They are now availavle to download as Zip folders of interactive PDF files.
    Copper Development Association Resources
    The very popular Copper Development Association resources have now been expanded and updated. They are now availavle to download as Zip folders of interactive PDF files.
  • STFC have developed a series of great short films that can be incorporated into lessons or used to introduce new topics. Out 'top pick' is a series of shorts called 'In search of giants'. These are presented by Professor Brian Cox and provide excellent short introductions to topics.
    Short films from STFC
    STFC have developed a series of great short films that can be incorporated into lessons or used to introduce new topics. Out 'top pick' is a series of shorts called 'In search of giants'. These are presented by Professor Brian Cox and provide excellent short introductions to topics.
  • Cambridge University scientists and engineers use smart sensing to find out what happens when you build a tunnel right under another one.
    Making a Smart Tunnel
    Cambridge University scientists and engineers use smart sensing to find out what happens when you build a tunnel right under another one.
  • A-Levels are changing, with new specifications coming into effect from September 2015.  Collins has the resources available to manage the changes and make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your students.
    New Collins resources for A Level
    A-Levels are changing, with new specifications coming into effect from September 2015. Collins has the resources available to manage the changes and make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your students.
  • We celebrate the scientific and creative thinking of young scientists, aged 12 -20 and encourage them to share their love of science by communicating their ideas, research and opinions with other young scientists around the world.
    Young Scientists Journal
    We celebrate the scientific and creative thinking of young scientists, aged 12 -20 and encourage them to share their love of science by communicating their ideas, research and opinions with other young scientists around the world.
  • An A2 double sided poster about the world's largest telescopes and the range of the electromagnetic spectrum they cover.
    Big Telescopes Poster from STFC
    An A2 double sided poster about the world's largest telescopes and the range of the electromagnetic spectrum they cover.
  • Popular science shows that strip science down to its bare essentials, and engage everyone in the world of science and technology. The show includes live lectures, interviews with renowned scientists and live discussion with questions from listeners - Many of which you can link to the curriculum.
    The Naked Scientists
    Popular science shows that strip science down to its bare essentials, and engage everyone in the world of science and technology. The show includes live lectures, interviews with renowned scientists and live discussion with questions from listeners - Many of which you can link to the curriculum.
  • Science videos that take us behind the scenes to look at the work of research scientists and science facilities. 'The world's most important beer cooler' is one of our favourites.
    STFC Backstage Science
    Science videos that take us behind the scenes to look at the work of research scientists and science facilities. 'The world's most important beer cooler' is one of our favourites.
  •  Teams who win the UK tournament receive a travel grant to enable them to travel to and spend 4 days exploring the Weizmann campus and taking part in the Shalheveth Freier International Tournament. Registration for the 2016 Tournament has now closed but registration for the 2017 competition opens in September 2016.
    The WEIZMANN UK Safe Cracking Physics Tournament & ISSI
    Teams who win the UK tournament receive a travel grant to enable them to travel to and spend 4 days exploring the Weizmann campus and taking part in the Shalheveth Freier International Tournament. Registration for the 2016 Tournament has now closed but registration for the 2017 competition opens in September 2016.
  • Isaac Physics a project designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and students from GCSE level through to university.
    Isaac Physics
    Isaac Physics a project designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and students from GCSE level through to university.
  • FREE TEACHING RESOURCES - classroom activities for students aged 11-19 years with film clips, online games and quizzes.
    Free teaching resources from the IET
    FREE TEACHING RESOURCES - classroom activities for students aged 11-19 years with film clips, online games and quizzes.
  • Find out how aerosols are made and how they work.
    The Science and Technology of Aerosols
    Find out how aerosols are made and how they work.
  • A short video celebrating the history of X-ray  crystallography from Max von Laue to modern synchrotron sources.
    Celebrating Crystallography
    A short video celebrating the history of X-ray crystallography from Max von Laue to modern synchrotron sources.
  • Have a BLAST exploring the world of science and technology...
    Bloodhound Blast
    Have a BLAST exploring the world of science and technology...
  • Free A2 poster from STFC
    A century of cystallography poster
    Free A2 poster from STFC
  • This series of short videos introduces physics concepts aimed at A level students about fusion and the measurement techniques involved.
    Culham nuclear fusion videos
    This series of short videos introduces physics concepts aimed at A level students about fusion and the measurement techniques involved.
  • Aerosols & Pressure ARCHIVE
    For students aged between 14 and 16 years. A more advanced handling of kinetic theory and gas laws, using aerosols as a case study, with really useful interactive graphics.
  • Physics in Steelmaking
    More advanced handling of sound and heat in a steelworks and an additional section on the application of ionising radiation.
  • Take a virtual tour of an oil platform and Fawley oil refinery. Find out how oil is found, extracted and processed. NEW worksheets added.
    Discover Petroleum
    Take a virtual tour of an oil platform and Fawley oil refinery. Find out how oil is found, extracted and processed. NEW worksheets added.
  • Short videos on the big concepts of modern physics and astronomy from Nottingham University
    Sixty Symbols
    Short videos on the big concepts of modern physics and astronomy from Nottingham University
  • Excellent summaries of the experiments leading to the discovery of the nucleus, electrons, neutrons and more from Cambridge Physics department.
    The Discovery of Particles - EPSRC Cambridge Physics
    Excellent summaries of the experiments leading to the discovery of the nucleus, electrons, neutrons and more from Cambridge Physics department.

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