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Hardy Crops To Tackle Food Insecurity
Thursday 6th Jun 2019, 09.00am

Hardy Crops To Tackle Food Insecurity

Our world is getting more and more densely populated. By 2050 there’ll be nearly 10 billion people on our planet and agricultural demand is predicted to rise by 70%. So how will we ensure that every human alive gets the food they need?


Scientists at the University of Oxford are investigating the action of a single protein associated with the photosynthetic process. In these lessons students can design an experiment and carry out data handling (KS3); create a presentation on food security (KS4); consider the ethical and logistical considerations when choosing a model organism (KS4); and read an article adapted from a primary research paper to challenge their comprehension skills (KS5).
KS3 - Hardy Crops and Photosynthetic Experiments
KS4 - Food Security in the Future
KS4 - Model Organisms in Research
KS5 - Transport Across Membranes
This activity offers students the opportunity to plan an investigation and engage in follow up data handling within the context of current research and with the background of significant real-world issues.
In this activity, students will be introduced to and encouraged to consider some of the major threats to food security in the future. Students will then conduct independent/group research to investigate these issues further and produce a short presentation outlining their research and its implications.
This lesson introduces students to the concept of using model organisms in biological research. Students will be introduced to the reasons for their use and will explore the ethical and logistical concerns that scientists consider when selecting a model organism.
This activity develops scientific comprehension by engaging students with a piece of significant current research within an interesting context. Students read an adapted article, pitched at an appropriate level for interpretation by A-level students.
Soluble Semiconductors - A Revolution In Printing in the 21st Century
Thursday 22nd Nov 2018, 09.00am

Soluble Semiconductors- A revolution in Printing for the 21st Century?

The digital age is built upon semiconductors. The crystalline semiconductors, such as silicon or germanium, lie behind modern electronics and computing. They are such essential materials because their conducting properties may be altered in useful ways by the deliberate, controlled introduction...

Researchers studying semiconductors are looking to create new semiconductors that could revolutionize our technology. In these resources, students learn about resistance and apply this knowledge to explore how semiconductors might work (KS3), recognise I-V graphs and calculate resistanc (KS4), consider error in measurements (KS5), and apply what they know to identify and analyse uses and limitations of semiconductors (KS5).
KS3 - What is resistance?
KS4 - Ohm’s law and Ohmic conductors
KS5 - Resistivity and error in measurement
KS5 - What is a Semiconductor?
Learning outcomes: 1 Describe resistance in an electrical circuit. Define an insulator and conductor and predict what a semiconductor is. 3. Understand the uses of semiconductors.
Learning Outcomes: 1. Recognise I-V graphs and the limitations of Ohm’s Law. 2. Apply Ohm’s law to calculate resistance of a component and circuit. 3. Identify and analyse uses and limitations of semiconductors.
Learning Outcomes: 1. Define resistivity and determine the equation of resistivity. 2. Identify systematic and random errors. 3. Assess the uncertainty of measurements.
Learning Outcomes: 1. Recognise I-V graphs and the limitations of Ohm’s Law. 2. Describe the difference between an Ohmic conductor and a semiconductor. 3. Identify and analyse uses and limitations of semiconductors.