Nigel Colenutt reviews this guide to exam materials

Cover of Novel materials and smart applications

Source: Gatsby Science

Novel materials and smart applications
Sam Holyman
London, UK: Gatsby Science 2011 | Pp56 | £6/Free | ISBN9781907168109

When I started teaching I don’t think that the term novel materials had made it into everyday use. But science moves on and modern exam courses must reflect this. So where does a science teacher find out about new developments? Many exam-specific texts will include information about materials found in that specification, but this is a book aimed at GCSE which covers a wide range of materials and applications.

The first half of this book contains lots of useful information with colour pictures on every page. The second half offers teachers’ notes and student worksheets for a variety of activities. These sheets can be copied but are also downloadable as PDF or Microsoft Word files. The pictures can also be downloaded as part of a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. The back page very usefully details where the materials referred to in the worksheets can be sourced from. Activities include studying the piezoelectric effect, microencapsulation, hydrogels, electrolycra and UV light sensitivity.

This is a very worthwhile reference and activity resource for any school science prep room.

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