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Thursday 22nd Mar 2018, 09.00am

How does electricity flow through small objects?

Single molecules are small – really small! But what if we could harness some of their abilities to conduct and control electricity to create new electronic components? Researchers at the University of Oxford are investigating just this to find more energy efficient ways to transfer information....

Researchers at the University of Oxford are investigating what happens to electricity as it flows through tiny, molecular-scale objects. Understanding this will be the foundation for developing new, tiny electronic components for a range of devices. In these resources students will get to grips with SI units for very big and very small numbers (KS3), learn about graphene and other allotropes of carbon (KS4), are introduced to logic gates and truth tables (KS4), and write a news story about the recent discovery of gravitation waves (KS5)
KS3 - What is nanoscale?
KS4 - Carbon Copy
KS4 - Logically Speaking
KS5 - Wave Machine
In this lesson students explore some of the reasons why scientists use SI units and become more familiar with the SI units for very small objects, particularly nanometres.
. In this lesson students find out more about the allotropes and, in particular, the allotropes of carbon by building models.
In this activity students learn about the development of electronic components through history and learn about logic gates from their diagrams and truth tables.
In this lesson students look at some of the other uses of interference (of light waves) and prepare a ‘news item’ about the recent discovery of gravitational waves.
How to read DNA
Thursday 23rd Nov 2017, 09.00am

How to read DNA

Reading DNA, the instruction book inside of all our cells, is an important way to learn about what makes us who we are. However, not every research group has the expertise and equipment necessary to do this, which is where the ...

In these resources, inpsired by the work at the Oxford Genomics Centre, students create a banner of representing the timeline of DNA discoveries (KS3), take the role of a genetic counsellor (KS4), create media to help people make an informed decision on whether to have a genetic test (KS4) and carry out research to create an information sheet on genetic testing (KS5).
KS3 - DNA Discoveries
KS4 - Genetic Counselling
KS4 - Testing Your DNA
KS5 - Gentoyping
In this activity students work in groups to create banner representing the timeline of DNA discoveries and find out how our understanding of DNA has progressed from the 1800s to the present day.
This activity is suitable for extending the more able and asks students to take the role of a genetic counsellor advising someone who has the faulty BRAC1 gene and therefore an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
In this activity students think about what genetic tests can show, and if they would consider having one. They create media to help people make an informed decision on whether to have a genetic test.
In this activity students research into how genetic tests are carried out and what the information from them can be used. They create an information sheet to help people make an informed decision on whether to have a genetic test.