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Bitesize Space Science The life cycle of stars New

Science presenter and rapper Jon Chase explains how the dust and gas released from dying stars form new stars and solar systems using a Jenga game and a rap. He visits a school where the students play Jenga to demonstrate the balance between the forces in a star, and how they destabilize over time. Jon performs a rap to help ...
  • 2014
  • 00:05:34
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Bitesize Space Science Gravity on Earth and in space New

Jon Chase explains that the mass of an object is constant but its weight depends on the gravitational force. This force is higher on more massive planets and he would weigh more on Jupiter than on Earth. He uses a fairground ride to simulate the feeling of lower and higher gravitational forces. He explains that gravity is the force that ...
  • 2014
  • 00:04:53
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Bitesize Space Science Nuclear fusion in stars New

Jon Chase explains the nuclear fusion that causes stars like our sun to give out enormous heat. Film footage of a nuclear explosion in a hydrogen bomb is used to draw an analogy with the sun’s energy. He mixes iron oxide and aluminum powder to demonstrate a highly exothermic chemical reaction and relates this to the much greater energy output ...
  • 2014
  • 00:04:20
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Bitesize Space Science The Big Bang and red shift New

Jon Chase explains the scale of the solar system and universe using simple demonstrations at a shopping centre and race track. He explains the Doppler effect and introduces red-shift and cosmic microwave background radiation, which provide evidence for an expanding universe. Teacher notes: Use the video as an introduction to a Doppler effect demonstration using a buzzer swung around on ...
  • 2014
  • 00:05:54
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Bitesize Space Science Waves and communication New

Jon Chase demonstrates how electromagnetic waves are used in communication using an infra-red remote control and an outside TV broadcast. He discusses how television broadcast uses microwaves to communicate between Earth and satellites in space. Jon describes and performs a rap about the electromagnetic spectrum and the different types of waves. Teacher notes: The class could use the rap to ...
  • 2014
  • 00:03:50
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of the 'father of optics' Alhazen New

In this vlog style video, Alhazen talks about being a physicist and mathematician, with a speciality in optics and light. He explains that we see because light bounces off objects into our eyes. He outlines the need for observations and making hypotheses, not just using abstract reasoning. He goes on to explain his theory that light travels in a straight ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:03
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Ivy's Plant Shop Are plants the same all year round? New

An entertaining overview outlining the differences between deciduous trees and evergreens, and their seasonal cycles, including budding and the loss of leaves. Teacher notes: You could get students to research how different plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways. They could pick a plant in the school playground or at home and keep a journal, noting the ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:13
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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How to Think Like a Computer Search engines New

The term 'search engine' is explained through everyday activities and events. Computer Head is trying to find a single item in a pile of hay and is doing this by going through all the individual strands of hay. His friend Ada suggests that a search engine would be the best way to search through lots of items to find the ...
  • 2016
  • 00:03:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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How to Think Like a Computer Online safety New

The practicalities of how to stay safe online are explained through everyday activities. A teenage girl, Ada, is sitting next to her friend CH (Computer Head), CH starts going through Ada’s purse and here we begin to learn about keywords such as malware and phishing. We also learn about the dangers of placing images on social media and how quickly ...
  • 2016
  • 00:03:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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A World Without Maths Dividing using repeated subtraction New

Mrs Barker has just bought some yummy treats for her dogs and they can’t wait to eat them. There is just one problem, if the dogs don’t get the same number of treats each, they get seriously cranky. This sounds like a job for Divider Girl. Can Divider Girl use sharing and repeated subtraction to help Mrs Barker share the ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:12
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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