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Hello from Science Museum Group’s Learning team! Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom or at home.

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Hello from Science Museum Group’s Learning team! Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom or at home.
Spaghetti Challenge: STEM activity
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Spaghetti Challenge: STEM activity

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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.
Maths and Railways - STEM image bank
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Maths and Railways - STEM image bank

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Railways transformed the ability to move things and people across the country and beyond, faster than was previously possible. The objects in this image bank showcase the influence of maths in the stories of trains and railways.
Engineer Your Future Resource Pack
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Engineer Your Future Resource Pack

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This resource pack provides three engaging classroom activities to help students explore the skills used by engineers. The resource also features profiles of inspiring women and men who use engineering skills every day, to give students a better understanding of the broad range of careers in this field.
No Pressure - Science Museum STEM Activity
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No Pressure - Science Museum STEM Activity

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Ever wondered what would happen to your body in space? This activity from the Science Museum will give you some idea. It shows how a marshmallow expands dramatically when normal atmospheric pressure is reduced; it’s hard to imagine a human body in its place. Learning Outcomes: - Investigate how materials behave when atmospheric pressure is changed - Use observation and questioning (curiosity) skills - See how forces and atmospheric pressure have useful and relevant applications in our everyday lives Curriculum Links: KS3 Science: Physics; forces KS3 Science: Working scientifically
360° Periscope - Science Museum STEM Activity
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360° Periscope - Science Museum STEM Activity

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You can’t see around corners… or can you? In this activity from the Science Museum, carefully placed mirrors change the path light takes twice, making it possible to look over walls, around corners and even behind you – all without being seen. Learning Outcomes: - Investigate how light travels in a straight line and can be reflected by a mirror - Use observation and questioning skills - See how the properties and behaviour of light have useful and relevant applications in our everyday lives Curriculum Links: KS2 Science: Light KS2 Science: Working Scientifically
Pinball Power - Science Museum STEM Activity
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Pinball Power - Science Museum STEM Activity

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The simple pinball machine in this Science Museum activity is made from a cardboard box, with ice lolly sticks as the flippers. It provides a great opportunity to explore the science of forces and motion. Game on! Learning Outcomes: - Investigate simple mechanisms and Newton’s Laws of Motion - Use observation, curiosity and creative problem solving skills - See how levers and simple mechanisms have useful applications in our everyday lives Curriculum Links: KS3 Science: Physics; forces KS3 Science: Working scientifically
Magnetic Maze - Science Museum STEM Activity
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Magnetic Maze - Science Museum STEM Activity

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This activity from the Science Museum provides a fun way to explore magnetism. It involves the simple task of using a magnet to guide a coin through a maze drawn on the side of a plastic bottle. There is plenty of opportunity to think about and talk about how magnetism works, and why magnets only attract certain materials. Learning Outcomes: - Investigate the magnetic properties of different materials - Use observation and questioning skills - See how magnetism has useful and relevant applications in our everyday lives Curriculum Links: KS1 Science: Forces and magnets KS1 Science: Everyday materials KS1 &2 Science: Working scientifically
How Tall is that Tree? - STEM Activity
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How Tall is that Tree? - STEM Activity

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Trigonometry is a branch of maths that relies on the relationships between the angles and sides of triangles. This activity uses trigonometry to estimate the heights of tall objects, by making a simple tool that can measure angles.
Tune Booster - Science Museum STEM Activity
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Tune Booster - Science Museum STEM Activity

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Love music, but disappointed with the puny sound you get from smartphone speakers? In this activity from the Science Museum, things found around the home will boost the sound those speakers make. It’ll also make you think about how sounds are made and how they can be made louder. Learning Outcomes: - Investigate how sound vibrations can be directed to increase their amplitude (volume) - Use observation and creative problem solving skills - Understand that the way sound behaves has useful applications in our everyday lives Curriculum Links: KS3 Science: Physics; Sound waves KS3 Science: Working scientifically
Ear Gongs - Science Museum STEM Activity
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Ear Gongs - Science Museum STEM Activity

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This activity from the Science Museum investigates how sound travels, using a kind of gong made from a coat hanger and some string. The gong makes a surprising and intriguing sound – but only when you have your fingers in your ears. Learning Outcomes: - Experience that sound is produced by vibrations and travels better through solids than gases - Use observation and questioning skills - Understand how sound travels through different materials has useful applications in our everyday lives Curriculum Links: KS2 Science: Sound KS1 &2 Science: Working scientifically
Maths and Health - STEM image bank
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Maths and Health - STEM image bank

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Maths is used to collect and interpret data about individuals and populations to better understand health and disease. The objects in this image bank showcase ways of using maths to understand bodies and diseases.
Maths and Patterns - STEM image bank
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Maths and Patterns - STEM image bank

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Stripes on a knitted jumper, the rhythm of lessons on a school timetable, spots on a leopard’s skin… Wherever something repeats over and over again, you will find a pattern. The objects in this image bank showcase the many ways we can find and interpret patterns.
Do you want to know a secret? - genetic testing
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Do you want to know a secret? - genetic testing

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Students receive a sealed box that contains a chance card. Opening the box represents taking a genetic test. Students work in research groups to explore the issues surrounding genetic testing to help them make an informed choice about whether or not to open their box at the end of the activity.
Punk Science explore Healthy Living
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Punk Science explore Healthy Living

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Can exercise make you happy? Punk Science experiment on living volunteers to explore the brain chemicals that keep us healthy. LEARNING OUTCOME Encourage discussion and questioning around contemporary science topics.
Carbon Cycle Caper
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Carbon Cycle Caper

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Give your students an atom's eye view of the carbon cycle and play out how the burning of fossil fuels is affecting the atmosphere. In this activity students understand the carbon cycle, how it has been affected by our use of fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution and how this underlies current worries about climate change.
Classroom discussions: discussion formats
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Classroom discussions: discussion formats

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Classroom discussion is a great way for students to explore the science that relates to their lives. This pdf and the films on the web link give ideas for different discussion formats that will really help you structure a lesson. All the formats are designed to encourage participation and help students feel comfortable expressing their opinions