Isaac Physics. Run by Cambridge University for the top of years 11-13, this is a physics and maths “quiz” site. You start by choosing your questions, their difficulty and can filter by concept. Level 1 is pre AS, level 6 is post A2 level. Then you generate the questions which appear in hexagons of topics, colour coded according to maths or physics and they go grey when you answer them correctly.
Each hexagon can have either one or a few questions all linked to that topic and they can be answered in any order (I did wonder if it was a bit of a Blockbusters type game, sadly no). Some of the questions I have tried have been multiple choice, some have been fill in your own answer. Now, on the few I have tried, the fill in answer is really clever. It wants you to put the numerical answer – to the correct number of significant figures (not sure how accurate this is) – and the unit of measurement. There are also hints for each question.
When you go into a hint where it lists the topics the question covers, they are links to that topic, with extra information being provided under the 6 levels the site uses.
Very useful, if you can sort through the “concepts” and only have relevant questions.
Video Entries | UK Space Design Competition.
Closing Date: Friday 19th Decemeber 2014 at 23:59
Age Range: Years 10-13
The 2014-15 Request for Proposal for the Video Competition is as follows:
15 September 2035
Garden-A-Go-Go, a manufacturer of portable hydroponic eco-systems, is looking to expand beyond hydroponics and has requested designs for a new type of self contained eco-system. These eco-systems are intended to support outpost settlements of up to 50 people with oxygen, and food. The only requirement of their composition is that they not be hydroponic.
Proposals should include full details of how the eco-system will function, with a full breakdown of included organisms and their functions, the expected cycles in the system, and the infrastructure required to support the system at full capacity.
Designs should be presented in the form of a three minute video overview. The company understands that recent solar activity has damaged computer systems throughout the inner solar system, and would therefore like to reassure affected firms that hand-drawn designs will not be penalised in any way.
Partnership Grants | Royal Society. Grants provided of up to £3000 for STEM projects in primary and secondary education, it also includes colleges. It boasts the benefits of enhancing and going beyond the curriculum for teachers, and the ability to do something hands on. It brings in practicing scientists and engineers which can be a source of CPD for them. The grant can allow schools to buy specialist equipment for the project, that can then be used afterwards for the benefit of all within the school. Community links are also fostered.
It gives pupils a brilliant insight into the real science world and provide the opportunity for field or residential trips. Links to work experience can also be found, which is good for University.
Applications occur between September 1st and October 31st and feedback can be given by the scheme on any applications. There is lots of information and lots of resources available through the link.
The Stimulating Physics Network – Summer Schools. Open to non-specialist teachers of physics, focusing on developing subject knowledge. First year program covers electricity, energy and forces. Registration for 2015 is not yet open, but interest can be registered.
The British Physics Olympiad – BPhO Experimental Project.
Experimental is judged years 12 and 13, and years 10 and 11. Free to enter. Deadline for submission is 12th December 2014, but can be done as a practical rather than competition. It’s about dropping balls (a football and tennis ball one on top of the other and dropped at the same time). Prizes are certificates and books.
The British Physics Olympiad – Physics Challenge.
The Physics challenge is £2 per student or free online entry for year 11 students. It is essentially a test paper with multiple choice and short answer questions on basic physical principles. Past papers are available – http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/olympiad/PastPapers.html Prizes are certificates and books.
BBC News – The element that causes arguments.
The latest in the BBC’s series of articles looking at various elements. I’ve been printing these out, editing them into a format suitable for students and laminating them as A3. Handed out to Key Stage 3 students and used to practice literacy ideas such as skimming for information and scanning for detailed facts.
Particles in Motion – National STEM Centre.
This is a collection of interactive materials that was published by the Royal Society of Chemistry a few years ago. You will have to register with the National Stem Centre (but you should do this anyway as there are many more resources available on here!)
It’s just under 400MB file so will take a little while to download. You will then have to unzip the file and run through your PC (you may need a bit of IT support to get it working). It’s proved so popular at our school, we have installed it onto every teachers PC so it can be projected onto their IWB.
It comprises animations, slideshows and videos on the following topics:
States of Matter
Moon Phase Simulator
An excellent simulation that could be used with an Interactive Whiteboard or loaded up on students computers / tablets. Suitable for KS3 Space module.