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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Why are aeroplane windows so tiny?

By Simon Jones Why can’t a plane be more like a bus? Here’s a little public transport riddle for you. Why is it that buses have really big windows, but aeroplanes have tiny windows? That’s what I’m going to explore in

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Posted in Activity, Engineering, Physics

Growing towards the sun!

By Abigail Read This blogpost looks at different flowering plant and tree components and what they do, focussing on the different parts of the plant and how they are involved in plants growing.  We also look at an experiment to to

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Posted in Activity, Biology, Primary

Mix it up! The chemistry of mixtures and separating

by Rosie Coates Mixtures are all around us, from a glass of milk, to the ink in a pen, to a bucket of sandy water at the beach. Often we’re happy for them to stay that way, but sometimes we

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Posted in Chemistry, Engineering, Exploring Science, Physics

Abu Dhabi Science Festival – The Story of a Team Leader

by Zoë Gamble In November 2013, I took off my science made simple hat, and travelled over 4,500 miles to work at Abu Dhabi Science Festival. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It’s hot, beautiful, and filled

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Glovaphone! Amazing Sound Science!

A musical(?!) instrument from just a straw, rubber glove, loo roll and some sticky tape? Oh yes, let me introduce you to the glovaphone!  To make music we’re going to need a sound wave and to get a sound wave

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Posted in Activity, Physics

Working scientifically – Alka-Seltzer Rockets!

By Becky Holmes Using the “working scientifically” section of the Key Stage 2 curriculum, the science made simple team are going to scientifically……make an EXPLOSION! If you want to get straight to the explosion, instructions are halfway down this page

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Posted in Activity, Chemistry, Primary

What is DNA?

by Zoë Gamble DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. It’s the genetic code that determines all the characteristics of a living thing.  Basically, your DNA is what makes you, you! You got your DNA from your parents, we call it ‘hereditary material’

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Posted in Activity, Biology

How can you throw flames?

By Simon Jones Flame-throwers are fascinating devices, which I’m exploring in this week’s engineering blog. From large scale weapons in the First World War to small scale accomplishments in civil engineering, we can use flame-throwers to make heat and transfer

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Posted in Engineering, Physics