Detailed information about colour. Explanations are given for the visible spectrum and the role of pigments. Links are made between Science and Art. How do we see colour? What is the difference between additive and reductive colour?..... and more. Fully illustrated and suitable for KS3 and 4 students. The resource can be used as a hand-out or as a presentation.
Scientists and Inventors - Thomas Edison PowerPoint and Worksheets
From my Scientists and Inventors resources collection – Let’s learn about Thomas Edison
This download teaches children about Thomas Edison. There is a detailed 33 slide PowerPoint on their life, their achievements and facts about them. There are also differentiated, 5 page, worksheets to allow children to demonstrate their understanding.
In this race against the clock students work as a team to build the highest tower possible out of dried spaghetti and marshmallows.
The objective of this lesson is to explore structures and investigate what methods of building can make the tallest and strongest structure. By testing their prototype buildings, students will also have the opportunity to rebuild and alter their designs to improve them, giving an insight into the real-life processes of testing, redevelopment and prototyping that engineers and scientists use.
This resource uses the essential work of the RNLI to provide an exciting, real-life context for students to explore key STEM topics. The resource is made up of five curriculum-based lesson plans. The first four focus on the science and engineering behind saving lives at sea. The final lesson plan looks at how funds are raised to enable the RNLI to save lives at sea.
This activity contains the Science Museum’s secret bubble recipe and ideas about how to create brilliant bubble blowers. There’s also lots to find out about the science of mixtures and materials and the properties of water.
- Investigate how mixing water changes the way it behaves
- Use observation and questioning skills
- See how the behaviour of materials has useful applications in our everyday lives.
This arty experiment shows how plants use 'capillary action&' to take water up their stems to the petals. Keep a diary so that you can compare the results you get with different colours over a few days. How about trying to make a rainbow of flowers? You can mix different food colouring together to create different shades. Instead of using daffodils, why not try using carrot tops or cress seeds? It&';s easy peasy!
Bring the outdoors into your classroom with this inspiring activity from the Woodland Trust's nature detectives website.
This is my brand new STEM packet for 5th grade, all about Island Survival. This packet is a 4 week long activity, designed around 3 different experiments that tie in the Common Core Standards. The experiments include:
Designing and Building a Water Filtration System
Growing Seeds in Soil and Water using Fresh Water and Salt Water
Building a Raft
Students will also be required to document their progress through photos and video, so that they can create a multimedia presentation at the end of the project.
***These activities also require additional materials which are easy to come by:
Plastic water bottles (4 per group)
Plastic soda bottles (1 per group)
Plastic cups (16 per group)
Small rocks (2-3 cups per group)
Sand (2-3 cups per group)
Old t-shirts (1 per group)
Dirt (1 large Ziploc bag per group)
Variety of edible plant seeds, at least 8 different kinds (tomato, lettuce, etc…)
Salt (1 large container per group)
Sticks (10 per group)
String (1 roll per group)
Roll of plastic trash bags (1 bag per group)
Duct tape (1 roll per group)
Foam pool noodles (1 per group)
Poster board (1 per group)
Rubber bands (5-10 per group)
A container large enough to hold water for testing floatation (ideally 1 per group but can be just 1 for the class)***
A downloadable booklet of fun science activities using everyday ingredients, with notes for teachers. This booklet contains step-by-step instructions for science activities and experiments that are safe and easy to do in the classroom or at home.
This STEM challenge would be great for a science or STEM club, to use British Science week, as the focus of collapsed curriculum timetable day , or to enhance a lesson on climate change. It can also be used to gain a CREST award
Students initially look at some of the problems caused by climate change then design and make a model of their solution to a problem faced by farmers in Bangladesh… how to grow food even when the land floods.
This Lesson Plan involves making models and carrying out experiments to discover which type of turbine blade is the most efficient at turning wind into energy. It features Dan Hammond, a wind energy technical project manager. Students will make a connection between what they study and the world beyond the school gate, where real people work in industries like this.