Educational Resources

Many of UCLan’s scientists and researchers have put together activities for you to try at home or in school. All suitable for ages 7 – 11 years old.

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STEM Superheroes by Dr Sarita Robinson, Dr Matt Dickinson and Dr Barry W. Fitzgerald

As a parent, this report will enable you to learn how children’s love of superheroes can inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

STEM Superheroes Report

 

AI, Triangles, and Googly Eyes by Dr Martin Bateman

This mini lecture demonstrates how to make your own googly eyes Snapchat filter using Scratch.

Teacher Notes Using AI

Activity Sheet Using AI

You will need access to a computer or tablet with a front facing camera for this activity.

 

Arm Exoskeletons by Dr Matt Dickinson

This mini lecture demonstrates what exoskeletons are and how they work, and shows that they can help people in everyday life by allowing them to move more easily.

Teacher Notes Exoskeleton

Activity Sheet Exoskeleton

 

Bendy Bodies and Super Skeletons by Dr Catherine Tennick

This mini lectures explains what bones are made of and how this makes them so strong, and shows you how to make a bone bend in half.

Teacher Notes Bendy Bones

Activity Sheet Bendy Bones

 

Brain Power: How to Learn by Julie Allen

This mini lecture explores the power of the human brain, the neuron pathways behind how we learn, and how all of us make memories and develop new skills.

Teacher Notes Brain Power

Activity Sheet Brain Power

 

Building Electrical Circuits by Electricity North West

In these activities, pupils learn how an electrical circuit works, how to construct simple electrical circuits (using a bulb, buzzer, and motor) and how to draw simple circuits using electrical symbols.

You will be directed to Electricity North West Website to access Lesson 2 which contains educator notes, pupil worksheets, supporting slides and videos explaining how an electrical circuit works and a simple circuit video.

Lesson 2: Building Electrical Circuits

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A PDF of Electricity Symbols

 

How an Electrical Circuit Works

 

Simple Circuits

 

Conductors and Insulators by Electricity North West

In this activity, pupils learn about conductors and insulators.

You will be directed to Electricity North West Website to access Lesson 3 which contains educator notes, pupil worksheets and supporting slides.

Lesson 3: Conductors and Insulators

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Dark Patterns: How Video Games and Websites Play Sneaky Tricks on You by John King

This mini lecture explains how video games and websites can use dark patterns to try and get us to spend our money – and also demonstrates how to avoid these pitfalls.

Teacher Notes Dark Patterns

Activity Sheet Dark Patterns

 

Electricity Safety and Sustainability by Electricity North West

In this activity, pupils identify a range of objects that use electricity (batteries and mains), then learn about staying safe around electrical objects and using electricity safely. They also look at why it’s important to save electricity, and ways to do so.

You will be directed to Electricity North West Website to access Lesson 1 which contains educator notes, pupil worksheets, supporting slides and a safety video.

Lesson 1: Teacher Notes and Activity Pack

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How Secure is Your Door? by Sam Connolly

This mini lecture explores different kinds of locks, how they work, and what we can do to strengthen weaknesses and keep criminals out.

Teacher Notes Locks and Security

Activity Sheet Locks and Security

 

How Smart is AI? by Oliver Kerr

This mini lecture explores just how smart AI really is by evaluating computer-generated conversations, deep fakes, and more.

Teacher Notes AI

Activity Sheet AI

 

Into Our Skies: Space in Schools by Lucy Starkey

This mini lecture teaches you a fun dance that will help you remember the order of the planets in the solar system.

Teacher Notes Into Our Skies

Activity Sheet Into Our Skies

 

Nanophysics and Nanotechnology by Dr Karen Syres

This mini lecture explains what ‘nano’ means, introduces you to the tiny world of nanophysics, and shows how nanotechnology impacts our everyday lives.

Teacher Notes Nanophysics

Activity Sheet Nanophysics

 

Supercharge Your Passwords: How to Improve Your Passwords by Chris Finnigan

This mini lecture explains how to create a strong password and avoid common mistakes with passwords so that you can outsmart cyber criminals.

Teacher Notes Passwords

The activity for this mini lecture is an online quiz – see Teacher Notes for details.

 

Switches and Building Electrical Circuits by Electricity North West

In this activity, pupils explore switches and their effect, and how to build a switch. They are challenged to create an object which successfully uses a circuit. The lesson includes parallel and series circuits.

You will be directed to Electricity North West Website to access Lesson 4 which contains educator notes, pupil worksheets, supporting slides and videos explaining parallel circuits and series circuits.

Lesson 4: Switches and Building Electrical Circuits 

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Parallel Circuits

 

Series Circuits

 

Testing Properties of Materials, by Sika

This mini lecture shows how to test elasticity and make sure that it is a fair test. Further resources for Year 3 students (Investigating Surfaces) and Year 5 students (Friction) are available below.

Year 3

Sika Teacher Notes_YR3

Sika Activity Sheet_YR3

Sika Powerpoint Presentation_YR3

Year 5

Sika Teacher Notes_YR5

Sika Activity Sheet_YR5

Sika Powerpoint Presentation_YR5

 

The Uncanny Valley by Nicky Danino

This mini lecture defines and explores the concept of the Uncanny Valley, and investigates why we think some robots are cute and others are creepy.

Teacher Notes The Uncanny Valley

Activity Sheet The Uncanny Valley

 

The Science of Sleep by Dr Sarita Robinson

This mini lecture discusses why we sleep and why it’s so important for us to stay healthy. Are you a morning lark or a night owl?

Teacher Notes Sleep

Activity Sheet Sleep