All Cross-curriculum articles

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    Can UV light help tackle the coronavirus?

    2020-06-15T09:17:00Z

    Engage students with some highly topical cross-curricular science

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    How is UV light used as a disinfectant?

    2020-06-15T09:15:00Z

    Boost students’ literacy skills with some engaging cross-curricular science

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    Smart materials: lesson tips

    Try these activities to help design your lessons on smart materials. Explore the topic using this simple demonstration of polymers and salt. 

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    Anecdotes: In the Limelight

    The background and chemistry of burning calcium with hydrogen and oxygen to make ‘limelight’.

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    The life of water

    2018-04-26T08:55:00Z

    Get hands on with H 2 O, changing states of matter and the water cycle. These experiments and investigations involve water in the context of space. Video: Water in space and the Earth Video: Solids, liquids and gases of water ...

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    Olympic composites (secondary level)

    A composite is a mix of two or more materials which often have very different properties. Find out about composites used in sport equipment material.

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    Olympic composites (primary level)

    Find out what composites are made up of and why they are so important sporting equipment for the Olympics.

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    Water! Water!

    2016-12-12T13:37:43Z In association with

    A resource pack including a student worksheet, teachers' notes and four presentations looking at one of the most vital substances on planet Earth - water.

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    Wind power challenge

    2016-12-12T13:37:00Z In association with

    A link to Practical Action’s wind power challenge and its related resources, where students are tasked with designing and testing a wind power machine that is cable of lifting weighted objects,

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    The squashed tomato challenge

    2016-12-12T13:36:09Z In association with

    A link to Practical Action's squashed tomato challenge and its related resources, where students are tasked with designing, building and testing a way of transporting tomatoes.

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    Small is... challenge

    2016-12-12T13:33:59Z In association with

    A link to Practical Action's 'small is... challenge' and its related resources, where students are tasked with analysing technology from the last hundred years, and to invent a product that could help achieve a sustainable future.

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    Plastics challenge

    2016-12-12T13:31:04Z In association with

    Links to Practical Action's plastics challenge, where students develop products from recycled objects, as a possible way of tackling environmental problems caused by plastic waste.

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    Power for the world

    2016-12-12T13:31:00Z In association with

    A link to Practical Action’s power for the world activity and its related resources, where students are tasked with looking at renewable energy solutions, and designing and building their own wind turbines.

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    Floating garden challenge

    2016-12-12T13:27:19Z In association with

    A link to Practical Action's floating garden challenge and its related resources, where students are tasked with designing and building a model structure that will enable farmers to produce crops in areas that are liable to flooding.

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    Beat the flood challenge

    2016-12-12T13:24:55Z In association with

    Links to Practical Action's beat the flood challenge, including the teacher and student materials, beat the flood poster, competition winners and schools' experiences of the challenge. Video:Beat the flood

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    Wood conservation - the Mary Rose

    The Mary Rose is a wooden Tudor warship that sank off Portsmouth in 1545. While on the sea bed, most of her hull became covered in silt, which effectively sealed it and the artefacts it contained in anaerobic (air-free) conditions and preserved them from decay.

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    Analysis of cave paintings

    In this practical, student gain an understanding of how cave painters may have used the natural rock formation to paint the animals and scenes onto them and how later painters have continued with this tradition.

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    The language of mathematics in science - guides from the ASE

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    These teacher guides from the Association for Science Education are designed to help you understand important terms and techniques related to the use of mathematics in the science curriculum for pupils aged 11–16, and then give you the confidence to apply those practices and principles in the classroom.

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    Conservation in Herculaneum

    Herculeaum is a special case of art in an archaeological setting. So how is it conserved?

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    Benham top

    In this experiment, students record what is seen when a Benham top spins at different speeds, comparing their perceptions with those of group members.