- Hydrogen: fuel of the future?
How can hydrogen fuel be produced safely in cars? In this activity students consider how research into fuels derived from ammonia could be used to ensure future fuel security whilst reducing harmful emissions.
- Contaminated Crops
Nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima have resulted in land being contaminated by radioactive isotopes. In this activity students consider how research into variations in the uptake of radioactive isotopes by crop plants could be used to reduce human intake.
- Protecting Communities in Africa from Pneumococcus
In this activity students consider the design of clinical trials to test the effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccines for community protection in The Gambia, and interpret results from the original research trials.
- Visualising the Invisible
How can hand touch data help to reduce healthcare associated infections? Using their own understanding of the communication of disease and real life hospital data, students can consider how an understanding of hand touch patterns may be used to reduce healthcare associated infections
- Macaques and Malaria - The spread of disease
Malaria is a disease affecting countries all around the world. What research are Scientists doing to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease? This classroom activity is based on new research in Borneo and gets students using real-world survey data.
- Lighting the Night
Street lights make pedestrians feel safer at night, and cut crime. Can we keep street lights bright enough to make people feel safe, but reduce their demand for energy, so cutting greenhouse gas emissions? This activity gets students working on the problem.
- MRC YouTube
Our top picks for education from the medical research council youtube channel. Find out why randomised control trials are so important? Go for a video tour of one of their research labs or listen to medical researchers talk about their work.
- AHRC YouTube
From ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content, the AHRC supports research in the arts and humanities. We have listed some of our top picks to use in the classroom.
- Understanding Earth Processes with BGS
British Geological Survey's work looks at how we understand the structure, properties and processes of Earth's system and provides geoscientific data and information. The BGSs Youtube Channel provides an excellent resource for students and teachers.
Citizen science projects where anyone can help researchers solve big problems and by getting invlved you also learn about the science. We recommend the Fossil Finder project for teacher to use with their students.
- BBSRC YouTube
Inspirational short videos from BBSRC. Our favourite video looks at 3D printing giant germs!
- NERC YouTube Channel
Inspirational short videos from NERC and other research partners. Our favourite video is from a research scientist who explains how his research has helped to show that imported bees for crop pollination were infected with parasites.
- 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.
- Ocean Drifters - a secret world beneath the waves
How have plankton shaped life on Earth? What role do they play in our lives? This resource explains how plankton underpins the marine food web, created our oil and gas, and shaped the landscape around us. Plankton contribute to the global carbon cycle, creating 50% of the oxygen in the air we breathe. Rising sea temperatures due to climate change are altering the abundance, distribution, and seasonality of these remarkable creatures with ramifications for the ecology of the planet.
- 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.
- OneZoom Tree of LIfe
'OneZoom is a new way to visualise the tree of life. Zoom down to species level. Now links to ARKive and other sites.
- 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.
- Plankton Portal
Understanding where and when plankton occur at different depths in the ocean allows scientists to get a global understanding of the function and health of the ocean from small to global scales.
- BBSRC Resources for Ages 11-14
Research resources for teachers that are designed to bring elements of cutting edge research into the classroom and help inspire the next generation of researchers.
- Calcium loss turning lakes to ‘jelly’
Declining calcium levels in some North American lakes are causing major depletions of dominant plankton species.
- Alstom hydropwer infographic
A useful downloadable infographic poster on world hydropower capacity.
- Impacts of Bioscience #2
Video explores achievements from BBSRC-funded science into the new millennium.
- BGS Iceland Glacier Observatory Project
A video from BGS on the whole glacier monitoring experiment in Iceland.
- UK Aquaculture Industry Global Food Security Insight pdf
Useful background reading for biology students and teachers for both science and careers
- Large scale fish farming
The Nireus video shows how science is applied to fish farming in the Mediterranean
- Why mitochondrial donation is not about making ‘designer babies’
A useful clarification on the basics of mitochondrial donation, explaining the difference between mitochondrial and nuclear DNA.
- Taxonomy goes digital
Taxonomy unlocks our knowledge of the living world, but it has to change to keep pace with technology and the demands of society. Find out how Kew and its partners at the Natural History Museum, London and the University of Oxford are starting a taxonomic revolution.
- Blood lust and the mosquito
A short article on the genetics being used to fight malaria
- Parasitic mite spreads lethal virus to honeybees
A parasitic mite has helped spread a particularly nasty strain of a virus to countless honeybees, helping to wipe out hundreds of colonies, according to the latest study.
- 50 Incredible facts about water - from Aquatec
A fascinating inforgraphic about 50 things you probably don't know about water
- Mosaic feature on the discovery of AIDS
Patrick Strudwick talks to Françoise Barré-Sinoussi about how she identified HIV as the cause of AIDS, her receipt of the Nobel Prize, and the latest efforts to prevent, treat and manage HIV.
- Bitrex® – ‘Bitter’ to be Safe than Sorry
Making things taste bitter can reduce risk
- Halving your meat intake would help the environment
We should all swap at least half of the meat, dairy products and eggs we eat with cereals, lentils, beans and other plant-based foods to help reduce nitrogen pollution, lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve our health.
- Pollution from cars not just in exhaust fumes
Studies in Hatfield tunnel show how alalytical tools are used to study fine particles in the air.
- Beehave Computer Model
A freely downloadable computer model that simulates the effect of multiple environmental factors on beehive populations.
- Nuffield Research Placements
Nuffield Research Placements provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
- Rutland Ospreys
Rutland Ospresy runs World Osprey Week and posts photos and information all year round including satellite tracking data on migration flyways.
Mosaic is dedicated to exploring the science of life. Each week, Mosaic publishes a feature on an aspect of biology or medicine that affects our lives, our health or our society.
- BigTelescopes Blogspot
Keep up to date with Big Telecope developments worlwide
- LROC Northern Polar Mosaic
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter zoomable view of the Lunar North Pole in ultra high resolution of 2m per pixel
- MRC LMB Insight on Research
Research news from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology that is useful reading for teachers and 16+ students
- A Switch in the Brain
a biological switch that determines which part of the fruit fly’s brain responds to pheromones, depending on whether the fruit fly is male or female.
- Careers in Research
Information from Research Councils UK on the scope of careers in science research
- How tracking satellites work
Find out how birds carrying 5g transmitters are detected by satellites in polar orbit.
- Celebrating Crystallography
A short video celebrating the history of X-ray crystallography from Max von Laue to modern synchrotron sources.
- Disaster Zone! Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Volcanoes
A set to four downloadable PDF posters and quizzes to accompany the Disaster Zone! Volcano Information Posters