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  • The Big Bang Competition lets more young people than ever showcase their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects and is open to UK residents in full-time secondary education
    The Big Bang Competition
    The Big Bang Competition lets more young people than ever showcase their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects and is open to UK residents in full-time secondary education
  • Design for a better world offers an exciting new global design challenge and competition for students aged 11-14 years. The deadline for entering the competition is the 16th December 2016.
    Design for a Better World
    Design for a better world offers an exciting new global design challenge and competition for students aged 11-14 years. The deadline for entering the competition is the 16th December 2016.
  • Challenge your students to take on a real life problem affecting people in Nepal.
    The Squashed Tomato Challenge
    Challenge your students to take on a real life problem affecting people in Nepal.
  • Timstar monthly blog posts focus on all different aspects of Science Education. Each month from these you can learn great tips, receive free lesson plans and useful templates.
    Timstar Blog
    Timstar monthly blog posts focus on all different aspects of Science Education. Each month from these you can learn great tips, receive free lesson plans and useful templates.
  • Building a relationship with our customers is vital in achieving our aim of becoming a responsive team, dedicated to your needs. We have a 50-strong team including ex-teachers and technicians offering expert advice, customer support, product demonstrations, training and CPD workshops.
    Timstar Team
    Building a relationship with our customers is vital in achieving our aim of becoming a responsive team, dedicated to your needs. We have a 50-strong team including ex-teachers and technicians offering expert advice, customer support, product demonstrations, training and CPD workshops.
  • Timstar offer a termly newsletter packed full of quality articles, competitions, technical tips and lots more. Did you know that any science or education article featured in our Newsletter receives a £25 M&S voucher?
    Timstar Newsletter
    Timstar offer a termly newsletter packed full of quality articles, competitions, technical tips and lots more. Did you know that any science or education article featured in our Newsletter receives a £25 M&S voucher?
  • Working together with the ASE to help deliver an excellent and inspiring education for all young people, these co-authored resources support science departments to integrate engaging and purposeful activities within their current schemes of learning.
    Curriculum resources for practical and investigative science
    Working together with the ASE to help deliver an excellent and inspiring education for all young people, these co-authored resources support science departments to integrate engaging and purposeful activities within their current schemes of learning.
  • The MiPlatform: Transform your optical microscope with a MiPlatform and a smartphone. View high quality images quickly and ergonomically.
    Trajan MiPlatform
    The MiPlatform: Transform your optical microscope with a MiPlatform and a smartphone. View high quality images quickly and ergonomically.
  • The Edina Trust provides non-competitive, easy-to-access grants, for primary schools in certain areas of the UK, to be used to promote the teaching of science and gardening.
    Edina Trust
    The Edina Trust provides non-competitive, easy-to-access grants, for primary schools in certain areas of the UK, to be used to promote the teaching of science and gardening.
  • A range of colourful posters freely available from Practical Action.
    Practical Action Posters
    A range of colourful posters freely available from Practical Action.
  • Questions around technology and the right to access it in today’s world  and more are explored in this engaging set of resources for students aged 9-19.
    Technology Justice
    Questions around technology and the right to access it in today’s world and more are explored in this engaging set of resources for students aged 9-19.
  • Evaluating renewable energy resources, Moja Island is a discussion based 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.
    Moja Island
    Evaluating renewable energy resources, Moja Island is a discussion based 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.
  • 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 series of three videos presented by Ortis Deley, technology justice is all about ensuring everyone has access to technology that is essential for life.
    #techjustice in action
    A series of three videos presented by Ortis Deley, technology justice is all about ensuring everyone has access to technology that is essential for life.
  • Help pupils find out about access to water and build their own filters. An activity developed with  Engineers Without Borders as an education outreach workshop for pupils aged 7-14.
    Water for the world
    Help pupils find out about access to water and build their own filters. An activity developed with Engineers Without Borders as an education outreach workshop for pupils aged 7-14.
  • A design challenge for students aged 7 to 14. Students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us lead a more sustainable future.
    Small Is Challenge
    A design challenge for students aged 7 to 14. Students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us lead a more sustainable future.
  • A dramatic multimedia simulation of a modern measles outbreak, using real data from the 2013 Swansea epidemic. Children take on roles in an Outbreak Control Team and use their maths and science skills to analyse and fight the outbreak.
    Measles alert!
    A dramatic multimedia simulation of a modern measles outbreak, using real data from the 2013 Swansea epidemic. Children take on roles in an Outbreak Control Team and use their maths and science skills to analyse and fight the outbreak.
  • CFA has produced new and engaging resources to support KS2 teaching about microorganisms. Downloadable lesson resources include a lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation and pupil copy-masters.
    MicroTrumps
    CFA has produced new and engaging resources to support KS2 teaching about microorganisms. Downloadable lesson resources include a lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation and pupil copy-masters.
  • The 6Rs activity is a hands on activity where students look at the 6Rs of sustainability, recycle, reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, rethink. Suitable for students aged 14-18 it is relevant to D & T, geography and engineering.
    Practical Action the 6R's
    The 6Rs activity is a hands on activity where students look at the 6Rs of sustainability, recycle, reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, rethink. Suitable for students aged 14-18 it is relevant to D & T, geography and engineering.
  • Images from Practical Action's projects around the world, helping poor people use technology to improve their lives. All images can be used by teachers and students for educational purposes.
    Practical Action galleries
    Images from Practical Action's projects around the world, helping poor people use technology to improve their lives. All images can be used by teachers and students for educational purposes.
  • 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.
  • Who's most at risk? is an exciting role play activity that enables pupils aged 11-18 years to understand some of the key factors that place people around the world at risk from the effects of natural hazards.
    Who's most at risk
    Who's most at risk? is an exciting role play activity that enables pupils aged 11-18 years to understand some of the key factors that place people around the world at risk from the effects of natural hazards.
  • These documents identify opportunities where teaching in a global context enriches pupils’ learning in the new science curricular for ages 7-14 and give examples of Practical Action's teaching resources for science.  They are available for the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland curricula.
    Global learning opportunities linked to the curriculum
    These documents identify opportunities where teaching in a global context enriches pupils’ learning in the new science curricular for ages 7-14 and give examples of Practical Action's teaching resources for science. They are available for the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland curricula.
  • An innovative way to teach microbiology, the Optika trinocular microscope is an advanced instrument, which allows students to use the binocular eyepieces for their investigations whilst you support them via the vertical monocular eyepiece
    Optika Trinocular Microscope
    An innovative way to teach microbiology, the Optika trinocular microscope is an advanced instrument, which allows students to use the binocular eyepieces for their investigations whilst you support them via the vertical monocular eyepiece
  • Two short activities to develop pupils understanding of why energy is essential if we are to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
    Energy and the Global Goals
    Two short activities to develop pupils understanding of why energy is essential if we are to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
  • Downloadable resources aimed at pupils aged 7-14 working in teams as they learn about energy, energy resources and differences in energy access around the world. They go on to design and build their own wind turbine
    Power for the world
    Downloadable resources aimed at pupils aged 7-14 working in teams as they learn about energy, energy resources and differences in energy access around the world. They go on to design and build their own wind turbine
  • A hands-on activity where students are given minimal materials and challenged to design a wind powered machine that can lift a weighted cup off the floor. Teachers instruction sheets, related video clips and even certificates are available to download.
    The wind power challenge
    A hands-on activity where students are given minimal materials and challenged to design a wind powered machine that can lift a weighted cup off the floor. Teachers instruction sheets, related video clips and even certificates are available to download.
  • The 2016 Copper Education Competition: Curious About Copper results have been announced. Find out about the winners and their winning posters here!
    Copper Development Association 2016 Poster Competition
    The 2016 Copper Education Competition: Curious About Copper results have been announced. Find out about the winners and their winning posters here!
  • This year the Royal Society of Biology will be running an exciting new training course on Making Science Memorable and Encouraging Scientific Enquiry for Primary School Teachers. Hurry - the course is on 5th July!
    RSoB Encouraging Scientific Enquiry
    This year the Royal Society of Biology will be running an exciting new training course on Making Science Memorable and Encouraging Scientific Enquiry for Primary School Teachers. Hurry - the course is on 5th July!
  • Arrange a visit from the WeirdFish Lady. Scientist, author and undersea explorer Gloria Barnett invites pupils to discover an exciting new world. Drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience, Gloria will introduce children to creatures and habitats that make the sea such a wondrous place.
    Weird Fish Lady
    Arrange a visit from the WeirdFish Lady. Scientist, author and undersea explorer Gloria Barnett invites pupils to discover an exciting new world. Drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience, Gloria will introduce children to creatures and habitats that make the sea such a wondrous place.
  • Welcome to this National Women in Engineering Day update. With less than a month to go to #NWED2016 on 23 June we hope that you have all got something planned to celebrate the day.
    National Women in Engineering Week 2016
    Welcome to this National Women in Engineering Day update. With less than a month to go to #NWED2016 on 23 June we hope that you have all got something planned to celebrate the day.
  • Invitation to be a part of an exciting project which aims to evaluate the use of Google Expeditions in fieldwork. Google Expeditions provides students and teachers with access to over 200 Virtual Reality (VR) landscapes which are viewed using affordable Google Cardboard viewers combined with a smartphone.
    Google Expeditions in fieldwork
    Invitation to be a part of an exciting project which aims to evaluate the use of Google Expeditions in fieldwork. Google Expeditions provides students and teachers with access to over 200 Virtual Reality (VR) landscapes which are viewed using affordable Google Cardboard viewers combined with a smartphone.
  • Solarcentury, together with SolarAid and in association with the University of York, have developed science resources for 14-16 year olds which will help answer questions about the impact and uses of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Africa and the UK.
    Solarcentury solar energy resources
    Solarcentury, together with SolarAid and in association with the University of York, have developed science resources for 14-16 year olds which will help answer questions about the impact and uses of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Africa and the UK.
  • A week of activities nationwide, National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects - 20th - 26th June 2016
    National Insect Week
    A week of activities nationwide, National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects - 20th - 26th June 2016
  • 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.
  • An exciting new challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years from Parctical Action to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally.
    Plastics Challenge
    An exciting new challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years from Parctical Action to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally.
  • To help with teaching about antibiotic resistance, watch the innovative short film, Antibiotic Apocalypse. The film was created by an interdisciplinary team formed by Game Dr, Little City Pictures, UCL (Dr Adam Roberts) and University of Glasgow (Dr Daniel Walker).
    Antibiotic Apocalypse
    To help with teaching about antibiotic resistance, watch the innovative short film, Antibiotic Apocalypse. The film was created by an interdisciplinary team formed by Game Dr, Little City Pictures, UCL (Dr Adam Roberts) and University of Glasgow (Dr Daniel Walker).
  • The National Women in Engineering Day is taking place again on 23 June 2016 and this is your chance to support, inspire, celebrate and raise the profile of your amazing female engineers.
    WISE National Women in Engineering Day
    The National Women in Engineering Day is taking place again on 23 June 2016 and this is your chance to support, inspire, celebrate and raise the profile of your amazing female engineers.
  • We are delighted to announce that for 2016 these awards are in collaboration with both CLEAPSS and SSERC. The aim of the Awards continues to be about highlighting the importance of technicians in enabling high quality practical work to take place.
    Salters' National Awards for Science Technicians
    We are delighted to announce that for 2016 these awards are in collaboration with both CLEAPSS and SSERC. The aim of the Awards continues to be about highlighting the importance of technicians in enabling high quality practical work to take place.
  • How medicines work: the ongoing battle between people and disease. Throughout human history people have suffered from both communicable and non-communicable diseases. And throughout history people have looked for ways to treat or cure those diseases.
    How medicines work
    How medicines work: the ongoing battle between people and disease. Throughout human history people have suffered from both communicable and non-communicable diseases. And throughout history people have looked for ways to treat or cure those diseases.
  • Starting in 2016, this new award has been designed to celebrate science writing that educates and inspires science learners of all ages.  Closing date: Friday 1st July 2016
    ASE Book Award
    Starting in 2016, this new award has been designed to celebrate science writing that educates and inspires science learners of all ages. Closing date: Friday 1st July 2016
  • Granells announces collaboration with national charity Potential Plus UK. In a unique agreement, which aims to help fulfil the potential of Britain’s schoolchildren, independent charity Potential Plus UK and Harlow-based manufacturer Gratnells will collaborate on a range of projects during 2016
    News from Gratnells
    Granells announces collaboration with national charity Potential Plus UK. In a unique agreement, which aims to help fulfil the potential of Britain’s schoolchildren, independent charity Potential Plus UK and Harlow-based manufacturer Gratnells will collaborate on a range of projects during 2016
  • Two kindergartens in Athens are leading a movement to replace frequently-touched surfaces in schools with equivalents made from copper alloys that will continuously kill germs, helping reduce the spread of infection between children and staff.
    Copper news from Athens
    Two kindergartens in Athens are leading a movement to replace frequently-touched surfaces in schools with equivalents made from copper alloys that will continuously kill germs, helping reduce the spread of infection between children and staff.
  • Space School 2016 is a three day residential astronomy and space science event at the University of Kent for 15-18 year olds. The event will run from midday Friday 29th July to 5pm Sunday 31st July.
    Space School 2016
    Space School 2016 is a three day residential astronomy and space science event at the University of Kent for 15-18 year olds. The event will run from midday Friday 29th July to 5pm Sunday 31st July.
  • The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life of children affected by genetic disorders. Join in by planning your own event for Jeans for Genes Day on 23rd September 2016
    Jeans for Genes Day 2016
    The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life of children affected by genetic disorders. Join in by planning your own event for Jeans for Genes Day on 23rd September 2016
  • This resource explores how generators produce electricity, and how electricity is subsequently distributed. It considers the principle of electromagnetic induction and how this applies to generators and transformers.
    Copper and electricity: generation, transformers and the grid
    This resource explores how generators produce electricity, and how electricity is subsequently distributed. It considers the principle of electromagnetic induction and how this applies to generators and transformers.
  • Copper is low on the reactivity scale but reacts slowly in the atmosphere to develop an attractive pale green patina. It also reacts with ferric chloride solution and copper chloride which make copper etching possible.
    Reactivity of copper: etching and patination
    Copper is low on the reactivity scale but reacts slowly in the atmosphere to develop an attractive pale green patina. It also reacts with ferric chloride solution and copper chloride which make copper etching possible.
  • This resource looks at the antimicrobial properties of copper and how these are being harnessed to help prevent the transmission of the pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections in hospitals.
    Copper, pathogens and disease
    This resource looks at the antimicrobial properties of copper and how these are being harnessed to help prevent the transmission of the pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections in hospitals.
  • This resource explores the long-term availability of copper in terms of known reserves, copper production and recycling.
    Long-term availablility of copper
    This resource explores the long-term availability of copper in terms of known reserves, copper production and recycling.
  • Copper is a vital metal in making wind power possible. Copper provides the conductivity, corrosion resistance, strength and flexibility to meet all the demands of harsh conditions, where servicing and repair are very expensive.
    Copper in wind power
    Copper is a vital metal in making wind power possible. Copper provides the conductivity, corrosion resistance, strength and flexibility to meet all the demands of harsh conditions, where servicing and repair are very expensive.

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