Physics

  • The Royal Photographic Society’s new Science Photographer of the Year competition 2020 and Young Science Photographer of the Year (under 18 years old) winning entries can now be seen at the Science + Industry Museum website
    RPS Science Photography Competition
    The Royal Photographic Society’s new Science Photographer of the Year competition 2020 and Young Science Photographer of the Year (under 18 years old) winning entries can now be seen at the Science + Industry Museum website
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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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  • IOPSpark is growing bank of over 2000 free, inter-linked IOP education resources and has been designed to give teachers, trainees and teacher trainers a one-stop-destination to access the best physics resources and thinking available.
    IOP Resources
    IOPSpark is growing bank of over 2000 free, inter-linked IOP education resources and has been designed to give teachers, trainees and teacher trainers a one-stop-destination to access the best physics resources and thinking available.
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  • These study and revision guides provide essential support for exam preparation.
    Collins AQA A Level Support
    These study and revision guides provide essential support for exam preparation.
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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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  • This suite of 27 interactive virtual physics practical exercises from Virtual Science Ltd allows the user to take ranges of measurements over a wide variety of simulated practicals, from Rutherford’s alpha scattering to measurements of Plank’s constant using LEDs.
    The Virtual Physics Laboratory
    This suite of 27 interactive virtual physics practical exercises from Virtual Science Ltd allows the user to take ranges of measurements over a wide variety of simulated practicals, from Rutherford’s alpha scattering to measurements of Plank’s constant using LEDs.
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  • 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.
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  • Timstar is 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 mapped resources
    Timstar is 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.
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  • The IET offer a post-16 careers pack full of useful information about the routes to a wide range of engineering careers.
    IET Faraday Careers Packs
    The IET offer a post-16 careers pack full of useful information about the routes to a wide range of engineering careers.
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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 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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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  • 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, transformer 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.
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  • This resource explores the long-term availability of copper in terms of known reserves, copper production and recycling.
    Long-term availability of copper
    This resource explores the long-term availability of copper in terms of known reserves, copper production and recycling.
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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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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  • 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.
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  • The skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park in 2012 has been confirmed as that of English King Richard III. This free activity explores how isotope analysis of the skeleton revealed more about the lifestyle of the king.
    Richard III - The Isotope Story
    The skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park in 2012 has been confirmed as that of English King Richard III. This free activity explores how isotope analysis of the skeleton revealed more about the lifestyle of the king.
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  • 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.
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  • Sun|trek (www.suntrek.org) is an educational website about the Sun, our star, and its effect on the Earth’s environment. It has been produced by a team of solar research scientists and teachers. The resource is full of information from the latest satellite imagery, adventures, games and experiment plans.
    Sun|trek - Projects for schools using real solar data
    Sun|trek (www.suntrek.org) is an educational website about the Sun, our star, and its effect on the Earth’s environment. It has been produced by a team of solar research scientists and teachers. The resource is full of information from the latest satellite imagery, adventures, games and experiment plans.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Medical Physics applications to support GCSE and A Level
    Teaching Medical Physics
    Medical Physics applications to support GCSE and A Level
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  • 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.
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  • Intoducing the atom, with useful graphics and animations.Great for revision
    Story of Atoms
    Intoducing the atom, with useful graphics and animations.Great for revision
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  • 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.
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  • Don't stick your head in the LHC.
    60 second adventures in astronomy
    Don't stick your head in the LHC.
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  • Your school can book time on a robotic telescope in Tenerife and use online resources from schools.telescopes.org too.
    Bradford Robotic Telescope
    Your school can book time on a robotic telescope in Tenerife and use online resources from schools.telescopes.org too.
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  • 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.
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  • Forensic zooarchaeology shows how molecular and isotopic analysis add to our understanding of the past, in particular our relationship with animals.
    Archaeological Science Learning Resource
    Forensic zooarchaeology shows how molecular and isotopic analysis add to our understanding of the past, in particular our relationship with animals.
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  • An interactive Hertzsrung-Russell diagram
    Star in a Box
    An interactive Hertzsrung-Russell diagram
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  • Information from Research Councils UK on the scope of careers in science research
    Careers in Research
    Information from Research Councils UK on the scope of careers in science research
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Physics in Steelmaking
    More advanced handling of sound and heat in a steelworks and an additional section on the application of ionising radiation.
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  • Voicebox is a suite of content including simulation software that shows how the larynx works and how voice evolved.
    Voicebox - the physics and evolution of speech
    Voicebox is a suite of content including simulation software that shows how the larynx works and how voice evolved.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • Hands on simulations of electron beams that cover the basics of Linac and synchrotron beams as used in the giant Diamond Light machine
    What's a synchrotron?
    Hands on simulations of electron beams that cover the basics of Linac and synchrotron beams as used in the giant Diamond Light machine
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