BBC News – Wind farms outstrip nuclear power

BBC News – Wind farms outstrip nuclear power.

And finally on this collection of resources is a BBC news story from earlier in 2014 that shows when wind famrs outstripped nuclear power. The story does make it clear that 8 of the UK’s nuclear reactors were offline at the time, but it’s still an interesting article. I am playing with making it a literacy resource, as a laminated article and skim and scan questions at the bottom.


U.K. National Grid status (Gridwatch)

U.K. National Grid status.


Everyone who has seen this website has been fascinated by it! Near real time data from the national grid made available in a graphical form. Perfect for injecting a note of real science into lessons on energy resources at both Key Stage 3 and 4, and showing the percentage of wind, hydro and biomass energy compared to the that of nuclear, coal and gas is a real eye opener.

Simple Real Time Energy Production data

Live Wind Power.

This is a related site to that of the more famous gridwatch website that also uses real time data from the national grid and shows it in graph form. I’ve used this as a starter activity just to get discussion moving on renewable vs non-renewable energy. If you want to get into more detailed discussion, you can direct your students to gridwatch (see next blog post).

Mindsets Online – Conductive Ink

Mindsets Online – Conductive Ink.

Have you ever tried this conductive ink before? You can buy a few from the range online at Mindsets and also at Bare Conductive themselves and they are fantastic. We used some a few years ago just before Christmas as a fun session for our STEM group and we have just ordered some Christmas Card packs for our current STEM group.

I think, first of all you colour in the card/design (because they do little houses that you can build, too) and then you make the circuit. Although it was a few years ago that I did it so it might be the other way around. In most of the kits, for every 3 cards you get a conductive ink pen, which you can also buy separately, and you use this pen to draw the circuit. Then you might have an LED or two to put into the circuit and the battery. When you connect up all of the circuit, the LED lights up.

What a novel Christmas card that you can make! Hopefully our order will come in time for the last session of the year and everyone can make their own, personalised, light up card!