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KS4 Classroom Resources - How Science Works

In this collection of KS4 classroom resources, contemporary scientists and educational experts come together in an exciting approach to the most challenging aspects of GCSE science.


How Science Works: Bad Vibes

  • Professor Trevor Cox attempts to find out what is the worst sound in the world. His worldwide internet survey could be the model for a whole new style of scientific research.

Bad Vibes

  • What is the worst sound in the world? How can we find out?

Climate Change

How Science Works: Chasing the Wind

  • Astrophysicist Dr. Maggie Aderin leads a research project into climate change using an instrument that measures wind patterns from space.

Music’s Energy Footprint

  • Catherine Bottrill is an energy and climate researcher working closely with the UK music industry, helping them to reduce their carbon footprint.

Chasing the Wind - Clip

  • An insight into Dr. Maggie Aderin’s project.

Music’s Energy Footprint: Managing your Carbon Emissions

  • A guide to using Catherine Bottrill’s online software for managing your carbon emissions at home and at school.

Music’s Energy Footprint: Energy Footprint of T-shirts

  • Mariusz Stochaj from Continental Clothing talks about how they’ve reduced the carbon footprint of their t-shirts by 95%.


Journey to Etna: Civil Protection

  • Clive Oppenheimer looks at some of the ways civil protection authorities in Sicily are using data collected from the volcano to protect the local towns from eruptions.

Journey to Etna: Lava Flow and Gas Emissions

  • Find out how volcanic eruptions result in new rock formations and can also affect the Earth’s atmosphere.

Human Body

Asthma on the Run

  • Ceri Harrop is a biochemist at the University of Manchester specialising in respiratory medicine and developing new treatments for people with breathing difficulties.

Asthma on the Run: The Effect of Asthma on the Airways

  • Using dissected animal lungs Ceri Harrop explains how asthma affects the lungs and how current preventative medicine works.

Asthma on the Run: Mucus

  • Ceri Harrop sets the students a challenge by asking them to create some artificial mucus.

Asthma on the Run: Lung Structure and Gas Exchange

  • Ceri Harrop dissects an animal lung and explains in greater detail the structure of the lungs and how gas exchange works.

Asthma on the Run: Mucus Production

  • Ceri Harrop explains in depth the importance of mucus production in keeping the airways clear.


How Science Works: Engineering Gold

  • Professor Peter Styring takes to the slopes to try out his new self-lubricating skis. The skis were developed by rigorous testing on the slopes and in the lab.

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