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Budget Tracker - Head of Department
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Easily keep track of faculty spending with this easy to use, straight forward budget tracker. Produces graphs, reports and tables giving a clear view of where your budget is going and how much is left. Step 1 Go to the “Overall” sheet and in the total budget cell, input your allocated budget. Step 2 As orders come in, click on the appropriate subject tab, and list the resource, where it is from, who ordered it, the cost, how many are required and if there are any shipping costs. The results will update on the “Overall” both in the table, and graphically, giving you a visual of exactly where the money is being spent. Furthermore a short report is generated, that can be copied and pasted into an email, should you need to notify someone of the progress with the budget. Step 3 It should be noted, that although this excel sheet has been set up for a Head of Science Position, it could be easily adapted to suit other Faculties by changing the name of the sheets and the labels on the graph. To alter the report, simply click on the cell, and in the formula, wherever a faculty is listed, rewrite it with the appropriate replacement. pw to unlock cells is “schoolsoutforsummer”
Attendance Tracker - Excel
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Using this Excel sheet, you can get a clear overview of just how many of your lessons they are attending/missing. This is extremely useful for tutor/form teachers or others just trying to make sure students get the best out of their lessons. Step 1 Insert names of students into names column Step 2 Go to the first date and change it to the date you want to start recording from. All other dates will populate once the first one is changed. Step 3 Use the codes listed to keep track of your students. For example, P = Present, V = Late, I = Unexcused Absence, E = Excused Absence, K = Sick, B = Leave of Absence. Step 4 Don’t worry if it looks like there are some errors being registered in the counter, they will disappear as soon as you start putting data in for it to calculate. Step 5 If you student is late for more than 20% of your classes, or attendance drops below 80%, then emails will be auto generated which you can copy and paste to send to parents if you are short of time. -Step 6 Finally, there are columns that compare a students average attendance and lateness to that of the class. -Step 7 Have fun.
Comment and Email Generator - Excel
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Comment and Email Generator - Excel

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Easily generate unique comments for each of your students with this straight forward, easy to use excel sheet. Use the comments already loaded or input your own to quick and easily generate report comments that are individualised. See steps below for how to use. Go to Grades Tab and Insert student names and gender (use capital F or M to indicate which pronouns will be used in the comment) Go to Sentences. I have provided you with some examples of what you can use. You can alter what is there, and there is space for your to add more. If you need more sentence ideas, there is plenty available online which you can use as a template. Just google, “Report Comment examples” and you should come up with thousand of options. When inputting the sentences, you should see the key to the right for inputting pronouns or other data. For example, “%name% has shown that while heshe is capable, heshe has work to do to meet expectations.” will replace %name% with the name of the student and “heshe” will change to he or she based on the gender input. Before you begin creating your individualised comments, you should print off the “Sentences” sheet. It will make it easier to see all the options you have available. Now you are ready to create your comments. Go to the input tab and for each section insert a number between 1 and 25. This will insert the corresponding sentence that you created in the Sentences sheet. If you want to mention an assignment, then place the name of the assignment in the assignment column and it will insert it into the comment for you. When you are done, go back to the Grades tab and you should be able to see an overview of the comments for your students. If you prefer a cleaner view, you can go to the “Individual Student View Report Card” and type the number of each student in individually to have a closer look and check that you are happy. The final step is to copy the cells over to a Word document or wherever else you want the writing to go and you are done. If you don’t want to use my comments, there is a little time to be taken in the initial set up, but once you have the sentences in place, comment writing takes a matter of minutes rather than hours. I would even recommend having a separate list of sentence for each year level, however, that is something that you can work on with time. I have also attached an Email generator as a bonus. It has space for up to 15 preset emails that you can set. I have again left some examples, but you can alter them and create your own. When making your own emails, don’t forget to use the key to the right for anything you want replaced.
Ocean Acidification - A Card Game Simulation - Climate Change
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Ocean Acidification - A Card Game Simulation - Climate Change

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Instructions for Teachers The pages are set so that, when printed double sided, they have a back and front, enabling for easy sorting. Before you print the whole deck, test your settings by printing the first two pages of cards, to check alignment. If it doesn’t match, then its likely to do with how the printer flips the page (either long end or short end), so make sure it is on the flipped on the long end. If you don’t want backs, then print every second page. There are two sizes of cards, mini and large, so have a look at both before you print. Contents: 8x Hydrogen Cards, 8x Hydrogen Carbonate Cards, 19x Calcium Cards, 19x Carbonate Cards, 1x Information Card This card game works in 4 rounds. This works best in groups of 4, but can work with less or if necessary, up to 5 players per deck. Each player is role playing as a crab. Round one: The game starts by placing all of the Calcium and Carbonate Ion Cards face down on the table, as well as two hydrogen and two hydrogen carbonate cards. Each person picks up 4 positive ion cards and 4 negative ion cards. The goal is to match Calcium with Carbonate. If you have 4 pairs, your shell grows. 3 pairs means enough minerals have been gathered to repair their shell. 2 pairs means damage cannot be repaired, but doesn’t worsen and 1 pair means the shell gets further damage and cannot be repaired. Record the scores on a tally card. Round two-four: At the end of the first round and each round after, all the cards are returned to the table, face down and an additional two hydrogen and two hydrogen carbonate cards are added, symbolising the acidification of the ocean through the dissolving of more CO2. Same rules for shell repair apply. Person with the most points at the end wins (pairs). Enjoy. The Efficient Science Teacher If you liked this game, don’t forget to check out my other games: The Biology Bandit - A Biology Escape Room Revision Activity - Human Impact - A Biological Card Game - Ecology, Climate Change + Sustainability or if you need some practicals, check out my Bundle of practicals focusing on the History of STEM: Bundle - History of STEM Practicals - Science, Mathematics and History
Scientists Throughout The Ages - A3 Poster Files - Bundle 1
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Scientists Throughout The Ages - A3 Poster Files - Bundle 1

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Have your students explore scientists throughout history with these colourful, interesting posters of scientists throughout the ages. Each of the 12 scientists in this bundle accomplished great things that helped to make the world what it is today. Each file can be printed on paper up to A3 size, without any worries about losing quality of the image. Perfect for decorating the lab and reminding your students of the diverse group of people that gave us the knowledge to get where we are today. The 12 figures in this pack include: Physics: Albert Einstein - Famous for his theories on relatively. Marie Curie - A pioneer in radioactive material research Nikola Tesla - A driving force in the field of electronics. Chemistry: Mendeleev - Responsible for the periodic table we recognise today. Cai Lun - Attributed with creating the first true paper in China. Jabir Ibn-Hayyan - The legendary figure, known as the “Father of Chemistry”, reportedly responsible for producing the “aqua regis”. Biology Charles Darwin - The famous author of “Origins of Species”. Alfred Wallace - Co-creator of the theory of Evolution. Jane Goodall - A famous scientist who, working with chimpanzees, gained a whole knew understanding of interaction between organisms. Mathematics Pythagoras - Famous for his theory on Triangles, as well as not liking beans. Mary Jackson - The first female African-American engineer for NASA, as seen in the recent movie, “Hidden Figures”. Brahmagupta - An Indian mathematician, credited with creating the rules governing the use of “0” as a number in calculations. If you like this resource, keep an eye out for bundle 2 coming out very soon with another 12 scientists. Like something a little more interactive? Get these 12 scientists as cut and build dioramas as a quick to prepare cover lesson or for when you have a difficult afternoon lesson. Can’t get enough of the History of STEM? Check out my bundle of science experiments replicating famous experiments throughout history. If you liked the resource, don’t forget to leave a review!
Report Comment Generator Excel Super Bundle
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Report Comment Generator Excel Super Bundle

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Get everything you need to make the next report cycle a breeze. Saves hours of tedious work. With the Comment Generator, Email Generator, Budget Tracker and Attendance Tracker, you can get the job done quickly, efficiently and to a high standard. Take a look below at what you get with each item: Comment Generator and Email GeneratorEasily generate unique comments for each of your students with this straight forward, easy to use excel sheet. Use the comments already loaded or input your own to quick and easily generate report comments that are individualised. Attendance Tracker Using this Excel sheet, you can get a clear overview of just how many of your lessons they are attending/missing. This is extremely useful for tutor/form teachers or others just trying to make sure students get the best out of their lessons. Budget Tracker Easily keep track of faculty spending with this easy to use, straight forward budget tracker. Produces graphs, reports and tables giving a clear view of where your budget is going and how much is left. With clear instructions for each file, you’ll be off and running in no time. Enjoy!
Human Impact - A Biological Card Game - Ecology, Climate Change + Sustainability
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Human Impact - A Biological Card Game - Ecology, Climate Change + Sustainability

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A simple card game for groups of four, it is quick to print, quick to set up and easy to run. It is a great tool for creating discussions on the topics of human impact on the environment, food webs, ecology, sustainable living and a jumping point for the students to delve deeper, to begin their own research into their habits and what they can do to make a difference. Simply print the the pages double sided, cut them out and you are ready to go. It is possible to have bigger or smaller groups, as there are seven included location cards, however, for balance of scores at the end, I have had most success with four students. Teacher Instructions The pages are set so that, when printed double sided, they have a back and front, enabling for easy sorting. There are location cards with different habitats, scenario cards which give instructions for the students to add or take tokens away and lifeline cards, which can be used once in a game to protect against the effect of a scenario card. Before you print the whole deck, test your settings by printing the first two pages of cards, to check alignment. If it doesn’t match, then its likely to do with how the printer flips the page (either long end or short end), so make sure it is on the flipped on the long end. If you don’t want backs, then print every second page. There are two sizes of cards, mini and large, so have a look at both before you print. You will need some tokens, but if you can’t find some, having the students keep track of their points on a piece of paper should suffice. At the start of each game, the decks are shuffled and the students each pick 1 lifeline and 1 habitat card at random. Then, they take turns drawing scenario cards and either add or remove points/tokens as instructed. At the end the points are tallied and a winner is determined. They can check the score card for extra reference and discussion points. An extension activity, might be to discuss the cards and what could be added to them. Then, as homework, the students could be set to design 7 more scenario cards to add to the deck. The point is that this game, while fun, should be used as a starting point to jump into a discussion of the impact of human activity on earth. Enjoy. The Efficient Science Teacher
The Biology Bandit - A Biology Escape Room Revision Activity
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Topics covered in revision: Lock 1 - Cell Transport Lock 2 - Organelles Lock 3 - Meiosis Lock 4 - Protein Synthesis Lock 5 - Restriction Enzymes Lock 6 - Trophic levels Lock 7 - Gel Electrophoresis There are a number of ways you can use this resource. The most straight forward way would be to prepare each of the locks, and run it as a station with a timed period for the students to solve the puzzles, before rotating. The students, who think they have the code, could come to you for conformation, with a clarification of all the puzzles done at the end (ideally by the students, for further revision, but perhaps by you for one or two of the more difficult ones). The space for the location has been left blank for you to fill. I would suggest you put your school name, but anywhere is fine. Likewise, the space for the time to complete the task as been left blank. Fill it in by writing the number in before you begin. If you have more time and are feeling adventurous, you could actually go to the trouble of getting some cheap combination locks and boxes, setting them up at each station for the students to try. Make sure the locks that you get are programmable, to make them compatible with each riddle. Inside the box could be anything. I have, in the past, put extra clues in, which lead to a final test by having the students log in to the “Biology Bandits” account on a Raspberry Pi, with each piece of paper being part of the password and the lock numbers being the order they are entered into the pi. The desktop background gave the final confirmation of completion. As I said, the possibilities are endless. Most of the given puzzles require you to do no more than print out the instruction sheet for each group. If you decide to go with an actual lock, regardless of your method, you will need to set up the boxes and locks up well in advance. Any opaque box will do and you can adjust the puzzle as you see fit. For one round, in a pinch I simply took a sturdy envelope, poked a hole in the opening and locked the combo lock on it. As for the prize, that is also up to you. It could be a certificate or another goody of your choice. I managed to find some David Attenborough books for a dollar or two each one year, and they went down a treat. Make sure you have runner up prizes for those that don’t get the main prize. Point is, take these and have fun with them.
Scientists Throughout The Ages - Diorama/Cut Paste Activity - Bundle 1
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Scientists Throughout The Ages - Diorama/Cut Paste Activity - Bundle 1

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Have your students explore scientists throughout history with this fun, easy activity. Each of the 12 scientists in this bundle accomplished great things that helped to make the world what it is today. Each scientist has a coloured, ready to go version and a colourless version for your students to colour in. Perfect for a cover lesson or an introduction to a topic. Note: It is best to print these on a thicker card, rather than paper, to help the individual pieces stand up better. Make sure the students know how to use scissors before they begin, to prevent injury. The 12 figures in this pack include: Physics: Albert Einstein - Famous for his theories on relatively. Marie Curie - A pioneer in radioactive material research Nikola Tesla - A driving force in the field of electronics. Chemistry: Mendeleev - Responsible for the periodic table we recognise today. Cai Lun - Attributed with creating the first true paper in China. Jabir Ibn-Hayyan - The legendary figure, known as the “Father of Chemistry”, reportedly responsible for producing the “aqua regis”. Biology Charles Darwin - The famous author of “Origins of Species”. Alfred Wallace - Co-creator of the theory of Evolution. Jane Goodall - A famous scientist who, working with chimpanzees, gained a whole knew understanding of interaction between organisms. Mathematics Pythagoras - Famous for his theory on Triangles, as well as not liking beans. Mary Jackson - The first female African-American engineer for NASA, as seen in the recent movie, “Hidden Figures”. Brahmagupta - An Indian mathematician, credited with creating the rules governing the use of “0” as a number in calculations. If you like this resource, keep an eye out for bundle 2 coming out very soon with another 12 scientists. Like something a little bigger? Get these 12 scientists in A3 poster format to display in your lab or classroom here! Can’t get enough of the History of STEM? Check out my bundle of science experiments replicating famous experiments throughout history. If you liked the resource, don’t forget to leave a review!
Bundle 1 - History of STEM Practicals -  Science, Mathematics and History
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Bundle 1 - History of STEM Practicals - Science, Mathematics and History

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More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. What’s included: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles Chemical Reactions - History of STEM practicals - Invisible Ink Practical Statistics and Cryptography - History of STEM practicals - Crack the Code Force and Tensile Strength - History of STEM practicals - Paper Part 1 Barometer - History of STEM Practicals - Pressure + Climate - Distance Learning
Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals
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Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals

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Practical 1 in the History in STEM practical series, looking at how students can do an experiment completed over 2000 years ago to get their own reasonably accurate value for the circumference of the Earth. Requires minimal equipment and very little time to get the data, however, does need you to be able to work with another school in a** different city** to get all the data points required to complete the calculation. Good for schools with a “sister school” in another state or country. More about the History in STEM practical Series This free sample is a preview of the History in STEM practical series, a set of practicals designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available.
Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence
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Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence

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Practical 4 in the History in STEM practical series. In this practical we are looking at the Viking Sunstone, the theoretical genius navigation method, making much of the Viking exploration possible. Working with Icelandic Spar (Calcite Crystal) which, through the process of birefrigence, causes light passing through it to be refracted at two separate angles. Using this, with some small effort, research has shown that the stone could be used to locate the sun, even on an overcast day, within a few degrees, allowing for the journey to continue. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available.
Chemical Reactions - History of STEM practicals - Invisible Ink Practical
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Chemical Reactions - History of STEM practicals - Invisible Ink Practical

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Practical 7 in the History in STEM practical series. In this practical, you will be looking at the illusive history of invisible ink and the chemical reactions behind them. Have a look at the different methods used, beginning in Ancient Greece and continuing through history all the way through to modern times. Test their effectiveness in application, invisibility and ease of development, and decide for yourself, which of the methods you would choose. Finally, take your knowledge and apply it to working out the teachers secret message. Which method did they use? Use observations and clues to make your deductions and then test your hypothesis. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. Other practicals in the series: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles
Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat?
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Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat?

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Practical 6 in the History in STEM practical series. In this practical, you will be using similar triangles to measure how far off distant objects are. This technique is believed to have been used in Ancient Greece and other locations for a number of reasons and is a very simple to conduct, group work activity where each member has defined roles, ensuring that participation is high. It can be used and adapted to teach a number of aspects of similar triangles, but as it is set up, would be a great introduction to the topic. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. Other practicals in the series: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles
Pythagoras' Cup - History of STEM practicals
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Pythagoras' Cup - History of STEM practicals

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Practical 3 in the History in STEM practical series. In this practical we are looking at the famous cup attributed to Pythagoras. Working with a siphon, it “punished” anyone who became too greedy. Students will be able to produce their own “Greedy cups” as they are otherwise known, using some simple materials, most of which you may already have in your staff kitchen cupboard. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available.
Paper (Part 2) - History of STEM practicals - Make it your own - Sustainability
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Paper (Part 2) - History of STEM practicals - Make it your own - Sustainability

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Practical 11 in the History in STEM practical series. In practical 11 continue to look a little more into the paper industry, as well as its impact on the world in terms of deforestation. In the practical section there are instructions for a classic paper making experiment, with a twist. There are not just instructions for recycled paper, but for cotton paper, leaf paper and grass paper. The students then need to look at the strengths and weaknesses of these paper, and assess whether they could become suitable alternatives to wood pulp, thus reducing the impact on the forests by the wood and pulp industry. So, rather than just looking at the theoretical, this practical encourages students to actively seek answers to today’s burning questions. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. Other practicals in the series: Grab the bundle for the biggest saving or get the individual practicals: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles Chemical Reactions - History of STEM practicals - Invisible Ink Practical Statistics and Cryptography - History of STEM practicals - Crack the Code Force and Tensile Strength - History of STEM practicals - Paper Part 1 Copyright © 2020 The Efficient Science Teacher All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Force and Tensile Strength - History of STEM practicals - Paper Part 1
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Force and Tensile Strength - History of STEM practicals - Paper Part 1

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Practical 9 in the History in STEM practical series. This is part 1 of a two part mini-series on the history and development of paper. In this practical, paper is pitted against papyrus in a battle to see which of the two can support the most weight and has the higher tensile strength. There are two methods available, one with pre-purchased papyrus and another with full instructions on how to make papyrus from scratch to test the different properties. Once you have the papyrus paper, the practical can be run with little equipment and is easy to improvise and adapt to what you already have in the lab. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. Other practicals in the series: Check out the bundle for the best savings or get the individual practicals: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles Chemical Reactions - History of STEM practicals - Invisible Ink Practical Statistics and Cryptography - History of STEM practicals - Crack the Code Force and Tensile Strength - History of STEM practicals - Paper Part 1
Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement
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Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement

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Note: This would be a great followup practical after completing your Pythagoras Cup. Practical 5 in the History in STEM practical series. In this practical we are looking at the humble beginnings of the alarm clock. This version is based on a design believed to be used by Plato, to make sure he got up on time. It teaches a number of concepts, such as siphons, as well as displacement and air pressure. It takes the principle of the cup and applies it in a new way. When the water siphons into the vessel, it displaces the air out, forcing it through a whistle, causing it to sound. You can tweak the practical to have the time it takes for the alarm to go off, to suit whatever purpose you like. This is probably more than a single lesson practical, but might be a good collaborative project. Bring the Arts department in to get some cool decorations for the clock. Get the history team to talk about Plato and the philosophers of ancient Greece and turn this practical into a real cross curriculum event. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. Other practicals in the series: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles
Archimedes' Eureka - History of STEM practicals
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Archimedes' Eureka - History of STEM practicals

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Part 2 in the History in STEM practical series. This time we are taking a look at the famous experiment regarding the link between an objects volume and water displacement, in order to calculate the density of a dodgy crown by that eccentric scientist Archimedes. Note: The “Crown” in the practical can be anything you want. However, it will link better to the story if it is a crown. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available.