- 8x Amazing Mirascope Investigations
- 8x Water Rocket Kits + 1 Activity Book
- 1x Caving Conundrum DVD + Site Licence
This box of STEM resources is specifically designed to enable teachers to easily provide a complimentary range of activities requiring pupils to use a wide range of skills and thinking styles.
Easy To Teach
With carefully designed presentation screens and/or student worksheets teachers can construct their perfect lesson with minimal preparation.
Activities are comprised of multiple tasks, allowing you to include the most suitable for the age and ability of your pupils. It is easy to differentiate by task or outcome.
Each activity in the kit is designed to allow up to 32 pupils, working in teams of 3 or 4, to experiment with exciting science and engineering ideas and concepts.
Water Rockets Away - Class Kit
• Adapt 'pop bottles' with this wonderful water rocket kit by Rokit
• Three fins slot into the bottle adapter to improve the flight path.
• Easy to launch time and time again!
• 8 Rokit kits included
• 1 Activity Book & Worksheet Masters included
Explore the exciting world of rocketry! This kit contains the specialist adapter, hose & fins required to make your own the compressed air and water propelled rocket. Add your own nose cone, parachute or additional fins to personalise your rockets. Experiment with the volume of water placed in the bottle to find the optimum amount to give the best overall flight - be it height reached or total distance travelled.
The inclusion of multiple 'Rockets' allow you to launch at the same time or in competition - and save money! A brilliant opportunity to bring physics to life - this science activity allows you to trial different factors to see how they affect heights reached and times for launch etc.
All you will need is an empty 'fizzy pop' bottle and a bicycle pump for each kit!
The Rocket Manual is a fantastic 46 page guide packed with activities for the classroom or the home. The guide explains how to measure wind conditions, calculate the maximum heights reached and even explains how to launch the rocket from beneath the sea (making for an explosive experience!). It also includes various projects for budding scientists and astronaut wannabes. (e.g. Design a nose cone to reduce drag or trial parachute deployment systems). It turns a great product into a fantastic one.
Using multiple 'Rockets' allow quicker trials of different factors to see how they affect heights reached and times for launch etc. This is a a great opportunity to bring Physics to life - that has been a favourite for years.
• 1x Activity Book • 8x Bottle adapter & flight fins & washers • 8x Bike-pump pressurised hose • 8x Metal ground-support rod/guide
All you need is a bicycle pump - and the spirit for exploration!
The Amazing Mirascope Experiment
• A truly amazing 3D optical illusion - High quality mirrors create a magical floating image
• Exclusive photocopiable activity sheets help your students investigate the image formed*
• Experiment with image inversion, convergence and magnification
• Investigate real & virtual images and understand focal points
• An intriguing gateway that enables you to explain ray diagrams and focal lengths
This is a perfectly made version of a Mirascope - two mirrored dishes that fit together to create one of the most amazing optical tricks people are ever likely to see close up. The concept is often used in magic tricks and stage shows because it is truly fascinating - which makes it an ideal starter for experiments into light and optics.
The KS2 investigation can last between 60 minutes and 120 minutes.
The KS3 & KS4 investigation includes different activities - with total activity time taking up to 4 hours.
This Class set includes 8 mirascopes and sets of activity sheets - allowing groups of up to 4 pupils to work together to discuss their findings.
The Mirascopes are 15cm in diameter and include a red foam ball (avoids scratching the mirrors), already in place so that your students immediately get your first glimpses of the illusion! Our activity sheets guide pupils through a range of short experiments that will enable them to investigate the reflections and images formed in a concave mirror. A follow up activity allows them to explore the effect of adding the top mirror.
The immediate question pupils ask is, 'How do we see that?' The object appears to float in empty space and when they try to pick it up they realise and there is nothing but air between their fingers! This is a magical science investigation to get them hooked.
Caving Conundrum Investigation
Centred on one man's lucky escape from a near fatal adventure - it engages pupils from the outset.
It is also a hugely effective way to deliver the Marble Chip investigation within a context that turns the commonly mundane into an exciting, mysterious and challenging experience of true scientific enquiry. So, it is not limited to being a science week activity - it can be used throughout the year.
In addition, the activity is designed to offer strong cross-curricular links with other subjects - English, Geography, IT and Media - so you can get your students working throughout a day or even the week in a totally absorbing project that can bring departments together.
Having completed the activities your students can log in to an online quiz that will test their understanding and problem solving skills to the full. This reduces your marking and could remove it entirely if your students complete the challenge ‘just for fun’ during science week.
You can use the presentation to select the activities best suited to your students and build your ideal lesson
Activity 1: Looking for Clues.
Read a newspaper report with your students - from which they need to identify the clues to follow up and research. There are a multitude of clues - some easy to identify whilst others require higher levels of thinking.
Activity 2: Targeted Research
If you have online access, students can follow their own research paths from the clues identified, but if not - we include relevant information sheets to print out as hints and tips. Once the information has been found and processed - your students can complete a quiz in order to categorise the information and demonstrate their level of comprehension.
Activity 3: Preliminary Practical Investigations
Students can carry out a range of experiments to make observations and start to deduce the chemistry behind the deadly threat. Experiments are easy to set up using existing labware or you can opt to purchase the Micro Chemistry kits to make it a unique experience. Using them make this activity even easier to deliver whilst saving money on consumable chemicals. But, most importantly - the new equipment engages pupils on an individual level and makes the science practical even more 'fun'.
Activity 4: Working a Theory
Mr Seum (the near victim) has constructed a flow chart to explain his own theory about what happened in the caves and the cause of the danger. Can your students use the clues to complete the same logic chart? It is a quick but challenging activity - to help guide pupils' thinking in order to move on to higher level challenges if relevant.
Activity 5: Deeper Investigations
The Marble Chip investigation is given new life by the scenario that has unfolded beforehand. It makes it a relevant - pupils want to apply their practical and analytical skills in order to solve the mystery. Students should work in pairs or teams to test effects of changing surface area, concentration and temperature - in order to determine if this chemical reaction with the cave walls and floor could have been the cause of the symptoms Mr Seum experienced. Is the theory correct - or is Mr Seum missing something? This part of the challenge allows you to include an assessed investigation if you wish - or formally develop experimental skills.
Activity 6: Scientific Explanations
Students will need to explain each part of a completed flowchart outlining the stages that led to Mr Seum's near death. They will be given formulae and equations to use, but to be able to prove or disprove the theory will require students to demonstrate a deep understanding of the chemical reactions involved and the causes of acid rain.
Once complete, they can face the final quiz - a conclusion for the entire activity that reveals the truth.
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