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

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?

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

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

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

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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Wave World Using light waves to make an image

Reece McCready is an award-winning young photographer who specializes in portraits. Presenter Jon Chase joins him and his subject, Lola, to see how they use light waves. As Reece uses his camera and lighting gear, Jon follows exactly what happens to the light waves on their journey from light, to Lola, to camera. Jon investigates the two sorts of reflection ...
  • 2015
  • 00:04:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Wave World What happens to sound waves when you record a song?

Jon Chase joins singer-songwriter Charlie-Anne Bradfield in the studio as she performs her song 'Butterfly'. As Charlie-Anne sings, Jon traces the path of the sound waves. He builds a large model to see how the sound waves travel through air. Jon's microphone made out of a plastic cup works just like the real one, turning sound into electrical waves. After ...
  • 2015
  • 00:05:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Wave World How light makes the colours we see

Jon Chase is at Leeds College of Art. The art students here know a thing or two about colour, so they’re taking part in an experiment. Can they work out what happens when light reflects off paints of different colours? One team of students paints the words RED, GREEN and BLUE, in each of the colours, red, green and blue. ...
  • 2015
  • 00:04:46
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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A World Without Maths The relationship between multiplication and division

Baz and Dave need to share out some kittens ready to go to their new homes! At first it seems simple, eight kittens shared between four friends. Things quickly get more complicated when they discover Sally is allergic to cats. She can’t take any kittens, and Mrs Barker has all those dogs. There are remainders involved, new calculations to solve ...
  • 2018
  • 00:06:16
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Real World Chemistry How is paint made?

The uses of paint are described. The constituents of an oil paint are described and the function of each ingredient is explained. The differences between an oil paint and an emulsion paint are then explained. The raw materials are briefly described. The process for making a variety of paints is fully automated. Agitation at very high speed is needed in ...
  • 2016
  • 00:05:47
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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