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KS4 - A Geological Blink

In this lesson, students will be coming to grips with the geological timescale of the Earth, of life on Earth, and of human history. They will be exploring the colourful history that explains how scientists can detect the colours of creatures long dead, and identify hints of early microbial life interacting with the atmosphere and lithosphere.

KS4 - Fingerprinting Mars Mud

In this lesson, students will be exploring x-ray diffraction, the analytical technique used by scientists to explore the underlying structures of muds and comparing them to their own observations. Their detective skills will come in useful when samples gathered by rovers on Mars are compared to samples from Earth’s history. Astrobiologists hope to detect traces of minerals that could be “fingerprints” of early life. This lesson is better suited to higher ability classes.

KS4 - Carbon Copy

. In this lesson students find out more about the allotropes and, in particular, the allotropes of carbon by building models.

KS4 - Logically Speaking

In this activity students learn about the development of electronic components through history and learn about logic gates from their diagrams and truth tables.

KS4 - Genetic Counselling

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.

KS4 - Testing Your DNA

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.

KS4 - Colour coded

In this resource, students learn how information can be converted into code, such as binary (using 1s and 0s), or how using colours instead of just 'on' and 'off' can allow you to encode more information with fewer 'bits'.

KS4 - Let's get digital

In this activity, students learn about how sound, analogue data, can be converted in to a digital code, and look at amplitude, frequency, etc.

KS4 - Conservation Conundrum

In this activity students look at the positive and negative impacts of building more hydroelectric dams on Ugandan rivers. They use this information to write a balanced argument.

KS4 - Uganda Case Study

In this activity students use a range of resources to build a case study about the positive and negative impacts of this scheme.