This is one of a family of 14 resources aimed to encourage independent research skills for more able students. There is a blank template and example topics including: batteries (hyperlink) , electromagnetism, graphene, industrial processes, magnetism, making electricity, manufacture of polymers, metals, nanotechnology, newest elements ( atomic numbers over 100), rocks, solar energy, wind generation,
This a one of many differentiation tools available to teachers. Research topics can be done in class, with books, in libraries, in rooms with computers or tablets. These topics would make an ideal cover lesson.
Research could be published in a school newsletter, the school website or blog or in student publication magazines and blogs.
Duration: This depends on the age and ability of the students. For youngest students it could be for a week’s homework. As students get older the tasks could be set for half a term, even a whole term, could be linked with a science fair, STEM activity, open evening, assembly or business or commerce event,