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The way of the dragon: chemistry for the youngest

By Anna Gunnarsson


In Sweden there lives a small, green dragon called Berta, who invites young children to join her adventures in Dragon Land – all of which are about chemistry.

Classroom fundamentals: measuring the Planck constant

By Maria Rute de Amorim e Sá Ferreira André and Paulo Sérgio de Brito André


Bring discovery into the classroom and show students how to evaluate Planck’s constant using simple equipment.

Peering into the darkness: modelling black holes in primary school

By Monica Turner


Having difficulties explaining black holes to your students? Why not try these simple activities in the classroom?

Phylogenetics of man-made objects: simulating evolution in the classroom

By John Barker and Judith Philip


Evolutionary relationships can be tricky to explain. By using simple, everyday objects, your students can work them out for themselves.

From the bottom of our hearts: a hands-on demonstration of the mammalian heartbeat

By Edmond Hui and Archie Taplin


Using nothing but a pig’s heart, a knife and a supply of water, you and your students can investigate how the heart pumps.

The genetics of obesity: a lab activity

By Sarah McLusky, Rosina Malagrida and Lorena Valverde


Around 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese. Are we just eating too much or can we blame our genes? Here’s how to investigate the genetics of obesity in the classroom.

Exploring scientific research articles in the classroom

By Miriam Ossevoort, Marcel Koeneman and Martin Goedhart


Learn how to use research articles in your science lessons.

Movers and shakers: physics in the oceans

By Susan Watt


Contrary to the popular saying, deep waters are often far from still – which is just as well for marine life. Activities using simple water tanks are a good way to find out about the physics at work beneath the waves.

The effect of heat: simple experiments with solids, liquids and gases

By Erland Andersen and Andrew Brown


From a homemade thermometer to knitting needles that grow: here are some simple but fun experiments for primary-school pupils to investigate what happens to solids, liquids and gases when we heat them.

Seeing is believing: 3D illusions

By Andrew Brown


To make the two-dimensional images that we see in print and on screen appear more real, we can hijack our brains to create the illusion of a third dimension, depth. These activities explore the physics that make this possible.

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