Biology

  • The Royal Society of Biology competition celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science in three age categories (7-11, 12-14, and 15-18). Closing date is 30th July 2021.
    The Nancy Rothwell Award
    The Royal Society of Biology competition celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science in three age categories (7-11, 12-14, and 15-18). Closing date is 30th July 2021.
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  • A large blanket of 'sea snot' has recently spread through the Sea of Marmara, south of Istanbul. Find about more about 'sea snot' and World Oceans Day here.
    'Sea snot' plague hits Mediterranean sea
    A large blanket of 'sea snot' has recently spread through the Sea of Marmara, south of Istanbul. Find about more about 'sea snot' and World Oceans Day here.
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  • TechHub signposts wegpages and reports useful for technicians and supporting practical science teaching
    TechHub
    TechHub signposts wegpages and reports useful for technicians and supporting practical science teaching
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  • A week of activities nationwide, National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. National Insect Week returns in 2020
    National Insect Week
    A week of activities nationwide, National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. National Insect Week returns in 2020
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  • Winners of the 2020 ASE Book Awards annound. See the winners here!
    ASE Book of the Year Competition
    Winners of the 2020 ASE Book Awards annound. See the winners here!
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  • The MeMBrane project aims to improve the tolerance of microbes to the stresses encountered during industrial bioprocesses by modifying the cell membranes. The project also aims to inspire young people to follow careers in biochemistry through engagment and participation.
    MeMBrane
    The MeMBrane project aims to improve the tolerance of microbes to the stresses encountered during industrial bioprocesses by modifying the cell membranes. The project also aims to inspire young people to follow careers in biochemistry through engagment and participation.
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  • We’re trying to find out what makes some yeast able to withstand more alcohol or sugar than others. By understanding what makes some strains more tolerant we can potentially develop improved strains that may produce stronger beers or wines or be suitable for biofuel production.
    SuperYeast
    We’re trying to find out what makes some yeast able to withstand more alcohol or sugar than others. By understanding what makes some strains more tolerant we can potentially develop improved strains that may produce stronger beers or wines or be suitable for biofuel production.
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  • These free colouring-in resources explore the surprising beauty of your body at a tiny scale, and are suitable for all ages. Incredible You offers the chance to explore all 17 pathology specialities – there is at least one illustration, plus supporting information, for each.
    Incredible You
    These free colouring-in resources explore the surprising beauty of your body at a tiny scale, and are suitable for all ages. Incredible You offers the chance to explore all 17 pathology specialities – there is at least one illustration, plus supporting information, for each.
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  • Through the winter you can get involved with a national Harlequin Ladybird Survey - using your mobile phone if you like!
    Harlequin Ladybird Survey
    Through the winter you can get involved with a national Harlequin Ladybird Survey - using your mobile phone if you like!
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  • A citizen science project following the distribution of ladybird species in the UK
    UK Ladybird Survey
    A citizen science project following the distribution of ladybird species in the UK
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  • Primary teachers and secondary science teachers are invited to a special online workshop on 12 January, where you’ll learn how to run four simple STEM enrichment activities about the human body and disease.  A second session on 28 January will be for your students to try out the activities, and to ask pathologists questions about the topics and what they do in their jobs.
    Discover Pathology
    Primary teachers and secondary science teachers are invited to a special online workshop on 12 January, where you’ll learn how to run four simple STEM enrichment activities about the human body and disease. A second session on 28 January will be for your students to try out the activities, and to ask pathologists questions about the topics and what they do in their jobs.
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  • ASE educational experts have gone through the excellent RSPB Wild Challenge resources, to create a series of fact-sheets designed to help fellow teachers put each challenge into a curriculum context.
    RSPB Wild Challenges
    ASE educational experts have gone through the excellent RSPB Wild Challenge resources, to create a series of fact-sheets designed to help fellow teachers put each challenge into a curriculum context.
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  • Create your own Special Species and enter into our competition! We are currently accepting entries from all age groups (even adults!). Winners are awarded in April, July, September and December.
    Special Species Competition
    Create your own Special Species and enter into our competition! We are currently accepting entries from all age groups (even adults!). Winners are awarded in April, July, September and December.
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  • Thinking of a career in the pharmaceutical industry? Want to find out? Visit the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry careers guidance page.
    ABPI Careers Guidance
    Thinking of a career in the pharmaceutical industry? Want to find out? Visit the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry careers guidance page.
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  • Regreen the desert is a great new STEM challenge from Practical Action. Designed for ages 7-14 pupils use their  STEM skills to provide a solution for a community in Sudan suffering from drought as a result of climate change.
    Regreen the desert
    Regreen the desert is a great new STEM challenge from Practical Action. Designed for ages 7-14 pupils use their STEM skills to provide a solution for a community in Sudan suffering from drought as a result of climate change.
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  • CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) is a UK-wide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) award scheme managed by the British Science Association.
    CREST Awards
    CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) is a UK-wide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) award scheme managed by the British Science Association.
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  • What’s in my tray was created on social media to encourage teachers and technicians to use their Gratnells trays as part of their teaching resources.
    What's in my tray?
    What’s in my tray was created on social media to encourage teachers and technicians to use their Gratnells trays as part of their teaching resources.
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  • Zookeepers are celebrating the birth of a giant in April – after welcoming a baby giraffe to the herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
    Whipsnade News
    Zookeepers are celebrating the birth of a giant in April – after welcoming a baby giraffe to the herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
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  • A collaboration between Siemens and the Girls’ School Association (GSA). TV presenter and scientist Fran Scott presents an interactive, curriculum-linked stage show to build confidence and motivate girls to consider a job using STEM subjects.
    SeeMe
    A collaboration between Siemens and the Girls’ School Association (GSA). TV presenter and scientist Fran Scott presents an interactive, curriculum-linked stage show to build confidence and motivate girls to consider a job using STEM subjects.
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  • OurFuture.Energy is the place to find all the energy themed resources you'll need for your classroom
    OurFuture.Energy
    OurFuture.Energy is the place to find all the energy themed resources you'll need for your classroom
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  • Diagnose knowledge gaps and intervene at KS3 to enable success at GCSE.
    Collins GCSE Science Ready
    Diagnose knowledge gaps and intervene at KS3 to enable success at GCSE.
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  • Free resources for schools about satellite tracking of ospreys and more about these birds
    World Osprey Week
    Free resources for schools about satellite tracking of ospreys and more about these birds
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  •  This lesson activity encourages pupils to consider who is reponsible for ensuring we achieve the Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs).  Suitable for pupils 9-18 it stimulates discussion and debate, and help pupils recognise the role they themselves have to play.
    Who's responsible for global goals?
    This lesson activity encourages pupils to consider who is reponsible for ensuring we achieve the Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs). Suitable for pupils 9-18 it stimulates discussion and debate, and help pupils recognise the role they themselves have to play.
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  • Practical Action have produced a range of different materials to support teachers in helping pupils understand the Global Goals and their targets;  why they are important in reducing world poverty, and how pupils can take action themselves to help achieve them. Several activities for pupils aged 8-18.
    Global Goals
    Practical Action have produced a range of different materials to support teachers in helping pupils understand the Global Goals and their targets; why they are important in reducing world poverty, and how pupils can take action themselves to help achieve them. Several activities for pupils aged 8-18.
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  • Teach about adaptation and camouflage through engaging online games. The Sensory Ecology and Evolution Group at University of Exeter is using online games to explore the effectiveness of different animal camoufleage. Suitable for upper primary and secondary age pupils.
    Sensory ecology and evolution
    Teach about adaptation and camouflage through engaging online games. The Sensory Ecology and Evolution Group at University of Exeter is using online games to explore the effectiveness of different animal camoufleage. Suitable for upper primary and secondary age pupils.
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  • A collection of lesson plans, practical sheets, homework sheets and teacher notes on the science of keeping chilled foods safe.
    Science and Food Safety
    A collection of lesson plans, practical sheets, homework sheets and teacher notes on the science of keeping chilled foods safe.
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  • An interactive game to help you find the right balanced diet for healthy living
    Balanced Diet
    An interactive game to help you find the right balanced diet for healthy living
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  • An animated graphic resource on the physiology of breathing and asthma
    Breathing and Asthma
    An animated graphic resource on the physiology of breathing and asthma
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  • A detailed resource covering the dietary and digestive biochemistry and physiology
    Diet and digestion
    A detailed resource covering the dietary and digestive biochemistry and physiology
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  • Body Builder
    Learn about the different bones and organs that make up your body. Where are they and what does each do?
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  • Gratnells, manufacturers and marketers of Britain’s best known and most widely used range of storage systems for over 40 years, has supported the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch initiative, encouraging children to become part of the world’s biggest wildlife survey
    The Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2021
    Gratnells, manufacturers and marketers of Britain’s best known and most widely used range of storage systems for over 40 years, has supported the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch initiative, encouraging children to become part of the world’s biggest wildlife survey
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  • I have been birding and twitching forever. I am 14 years old and am a birder, twitcher, conservationist, environmentalist and writer
    Birdgirl
    I have been birding and twitching forever. I am 14 years old and am a birder, twitcher, conservationist, environmentalist and writer
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  • The MiPlatform: Special offer extended to Janauary 2017! Transform your optical microscope with a MiPlatform and a smartphone. View high quality images quickly and ergonomically.
    Trajan MiPlatform
    The MiPlatform: Special offer extended to Janauary 2017! Transform your optical microscope with a MiPlatform and a smartphone. View high quality images quickly and ergonomically.
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  • Boasting a diverse and highly skilled Education Team, we provide unique learning sessions for all ages (5-19) and abilities. Linked to the National Curriculum, we aim to deliver interactive experiences using resources such as live animals, biofacts and multimedia
    Whipsnade Zoo Education Sessions
    Boasting a diverse and highly skilled Education Team, we provide unique learning sessions for all ages (5-19) and abilities. Linked to the National Curriculum, we aim to deliver interactive experiences using resources such as live animals, biofacts and multimedia
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  • Operating Theatre Live is the UK’s ultimate medical experience.  Team Operating Theatre Live travel the UK delivering workshops in schools teaching science with a careers focus in a real operating theatre using real anatomy!
    Operating Theatre Live
    Operating Theatre Live is the UK’s ultimate medical experience. Team Operating Theatre Live travel the UK delivering workshops in schools teaching science with a careers focus in a real operating theatre using real anatomy!
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  • Superbugs is a new mobile game which sees players face off against a major threat to global health. With its petri dish filled with colourful bacterial colonies, the game comes straight from today's headlines: the global rise of superbugs.
    Longitude Prize
    Superbugs is a new mobile game which sees players face off against a major threat to global health. With its petri dish filled with colourful bacterial colonies, the game comes straight from today's headlines: the global rise of superbugs.
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  • A range of colourful posters freely available from Practical Action.
    Practical Action Posters
    A range of colourful posters freely available from Practical Action.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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).
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  • 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.
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  • A discussion-based activity comparing the ethics and scientific processes of Dr Jenner’s work with those of modern clinical trials.
    Dr Edwina Jenner
    A discussion-based activity comparing the ethics and scientific processes of Dr Jenner’s work with those of modern clinical trials.
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  • A two-part history and science activity that develops children’s ability to understand and use sources to answer history and science questions relating to vaccination.
    The Great Vaccine Debate
    A two-part history and science activity that develops children’s ability to understand and use sources to answer history and science questions relating to vaccination.
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  • Children learn about some of the main creative and technical roles that go into making a film, and use the JAMES film to explore some key creative techniques such as music and basic camera angles.
    Making Movies
    Children learn about some of the main creative and technical roles that go into making a film, and use the JAMES film to explore some key creative techniques such as music and basic camera angles.
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  • Simple hands-on science activities to build children's confidence and encourage their natural curiosity to find out how and why everyday things work. This project supports transition from primary to secondary school with peer to peer learning across age groups.
    Gopher Science Labs
    Simple hands-on science activities to build children's confidence and encourage their natural curiosity to find out how and why everyday things work. This project supports transition from primary to secondary school with peer to peer learning across age groups.
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  • An English-focused activity about the importance of characters in storytelling. Children discuss some key concepts and terminology relating to characters, and use them to explore the characters of James and Dr Jenner in the JAMES film, to discuss other characters they have met in film and literature, and to enhance their own creative writing.
    Strength of Character
    An English-focused activity about the importance of characters in storytelling. Children discuss some key concepts and terminology relating to characters, and use them to explore the characters of James and Dr Jenner in the JAMES film, to discuss other characters they have met in film and literature, and to enhance their own creative writing.
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  • Children explore some of the most famous paintings depicting Dr Jenner’s revolutionary experiment on James Phipps. Using the concept of artistic licence, they discuss why the paintings of the same event are so different. They use the paintings and their learning as inspiration to create their own pieces of art depicting the experiment.
    Picturing Dr Jenner
    Children explore some of the most famous paintings depicting Dr Jenner’s revolutionary experiment on James Phipps. Using the concept of artistic licence, they discuss why the paintings of the same event are so different. They use the paintings and their learning as inspiration to create their own pieces of art depicting the experiment.
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  • This document from the Copper Development Association gives a really useful overview of the versatility of copper and its alloys. It is an excellent starting point for exploring other resources from the Association
    Copper: Properties and Applications
    This document from the Copper Development Association gives a really useful overview of the versatility of copper and its alloys. It is an excellent starting point for exploring other resources from the Association
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  • Children investigate the historical evidence about Edward Jenner and James Phipps using primary and secondary sources. They use these to find out whether real life events happened the way they do in the supporting film, James.
    History Detectives
    Children investigate the historical evidence about Edward Jenner and James Phipps using primary and secondary sources. They use these to find out whether real life events happened the way they do in the supporting film, James.
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  • Children take part in a simulation of a smallpox outbreak which introduces them to the observations that led Edward Jenner to his world-changing discovery that cowpox gives immunity to the dreaded ‘Speckled Monster’.
    The Speckled Monster
    Children take part in a simulation of a smallpox outbreak which introduces them to the observations that led Edward Jenner to his world-changing discovery that cowpox gives immunity to the dreaded ‘Speckled Monster’.
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  • The very popular Copper Development Association resources have now been expanded and updated. They are now available 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 available to download as Zip folders of interactive PDF files.
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  • Inspirational short videos from BBSRC. Our favourite video looks at 3D printing giant germs!
    BBSRC YouTube
    Inspirational short videos from BBSRC. Our favourite video looks at 3D printing giant germs!
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  • From building your own cell to discovering DNA in the garden, these BBSRC resources are highly recommended for introducing biology topics at Key Stage 1 and 2 (ages 5-11) and offer useful suggested activities.
    Bioscience resources for primary schools
    From building your own cell to discovering DNA in the garden, these BBSRC resources are highly recommended for introducing biology topics at Key Stage 1 and 2 (ages 5-11) and offer useful suggested activities.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 'OneZoom is a new way to visualise the tree of life. Zoom down to species level. Now links to ARKive and other sites.
    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.
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  • NERC's award winning quarterly magazine contains all the latest environmental science news. A great resource for teachers and students.
    Planet Earth - NERC
    NERC's award winning quarterly magazine contains all the latest environmental science news. A great resource for teachers and students.
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  • Fully matched to the 2014 curriculum and designed to help students secure the key skills, knowledge and interest in science needed to succeed at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
    Collins Key Stage 3 Science, Second Edition
    Fully matched to the 2014 curriculum and designed to help students secure the key skills, knowledge and interest in science needed to succeed at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
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  • A free online illustrated encyclopaedia for children
    Q-files
    A free online illustrated encyclopaedia for children
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  • Declining calcium levels in some North American lakes are causing major depletions of dominant plankton species.
    Calcium loss turning lakes to ‘jelly’
    Declining calcium levels in some North American lakes are causing major depletions of dominant plankton species.
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