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KS4 - Fission and Fusion

In this lesson students explore the famous equation E=mc2 and work out the equivalent energy ‘stored’ in everyday objects. They also look at the basics of nuclear fission and fusion and how nuclear weapons use both of these.

KS4 - Too Hot to Handle

This lesson looks at how we measure radioactivity and how to calculate the half-life of radioactive materials.

KS4 - Drug Discovery

This activity extends students’ understanding of the nervous and immune systems and monoclonal antibodies. It asks them to apply their knowledge to an unfamiliar situation – the mechanism of a new drug for AD.

KS4 - Mythbusting Alzheimer's

In this activity students are presented with three different claims about possible risk factors for AD. They have to critique the evidence in order to decide which risk factors are more likely.

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.