BBC Biggest Bangs – Interactive Chemistry Experiments on Video
Jul31

BBC Biggest Bangs – Interactive Chemistry Experiments on Video

BBC Brit’s Biggest Bangs is a interactive experience where you get to mix dangerous chemicals with explosive results behind the safety of your screen. The site uses an interactive YouTube video with annotations to provide different reactions depending on the chemicals that you select. This would make a great resource to use in class, or for a homework task. The children can choose a chemical to start off with and then select a second...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 5
Jul27

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 5

Part 5 of our 3D Printer build. In this part of our printer assembly, we: Installed bearings and bearing caps for the bearings which will allow the X and Y axis rods to rotate smoothly Assembled the X-Y carriage rod clamps Began mounting the X and Y axis rods into the printer and installing pulleys and belts   Time for this step: 2 hours Total build time: 11 hours 50 minutes This is the fifth stage of our 3D printer kit build....

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4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science
Jul23

4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations. This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing worksheets to life with interactive 3D models. The tech is still in its infancy. At the moment you still need to view things...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Part 4
Jul22

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Part 4

This is the fourth stage of our 3D printer kit build. For the background to the project and details of the kit we are using, take a look at the introductory page here, or click here to see all our posts about this project. In this part of our printer assembly, we: finished tidying up the cables mounted the power supply assembled the print head Time for this step: 2 hours Total build time: 9 hours 50 minutes The first order of business...

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Learn 3D Design with TinkerCAD and Project Ignite
Jul21

Learn 3D Design with TinkerCAD and Project Ignite

Project Ignite enables learners of all ages to gain practical hands-on experience with new software and hardware to build literacy in design, 3D, electronics, programming and more. Project Ignite integrates project content directly into Tinkercad and 123D Circuits, which are both free from Autodesk. Tinkercad is an easy to learn tool to create and print 3D models whilst 123D Circuits enables you to visualize and simulate circuits....

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History Lesson : School Computing in 1969
Jul19

History Lesson : School Computing in 1969

For those of you that complain that their laptops take a long time to boot up. Just be grateful you never have to phone the engine room or check the oil levels… Here’s a little more about this amazing early computer, the Elliot 405....

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WordWall – Free Personal Licence (Be Quick)
Jul13

WordWall – Free Personal Licence (Be Quick)

Wordwall is an interactive activity maker which allows teachers to make resources to use with a whole class. You can use them on any brand of interactive whiteboard, or just with a projector. I wrote about Word Wall back in March if you want to know more. Anyway, the folks at Word Wall have given me an invite code which gets the first 30 people to use it a one year free personal licence. Click here to sign up. There’s only 30...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Part 3
Jul12

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Part 3

Part 3 of our 3D Printer build. In this part of our printer assembly, we: Mounted the filament spool holders Installed the LCD panel and SD card reader Installed endstops Installed the bottom fan and power supply Installed the X, Y and Z axis motors Installed the filament extruders Installed the main control board Installed cabling for the motors and endstops Time for this step: 5 hours Total build time: 7 hours 50 minutes This is the...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Part 2
Jul10

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Part 2

Day 2: Completed the printer frame assembly (following the instructions here) Time for this step: 1 hour 30 minutes Total build time: 2 hour 50 minutes This is the second stage of our 3D printer kit build. For the background to the project and details of the kit we are using, take a look at the introductory page here, or click here to see all our posts about this project. Adding nuts and bolts ready for more support pieces. Adding the...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Part 1
Jul10

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Part 1

Day 1: Completed the first part of the printer frame assembly (following the instructions here) Time for this step: 1 hour 20 minutes Total build time: 1 hour 20 minutes This is the first stage of our 3D printer kit build. For the background to the project and details of the kit we are using, take a look at the introductory page here, or click here to see all our posts about this project. Laying out the parts we will use for this...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Introduction
Jul09

Adventures in 3D Printing : Introduction

We’ve finally cracked and bought a 3D printer kit. It’s going to need some assembling and we thought it would be interesting to keep a record of our build through a series of blog posts. Hopefully it will help others who are getting started with the world of 3D printing, and it’ll also serve as a reminder to us of what we’ve been doing! The goals of this project are: To build a working 3D printer from a kit To...

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Augmented Reality Chemistry Experiments with Elements 4D
Jul09

Augmented Reality Chemistry Experiments with Elements 4D

Elements 4D is a neat Augmented Reality chemistry app for iOS and Android devices which provides a fun way to look at various different chemical reactions. The app uses blocks that are inscribed with the symbols of 36 elements from the periodic table. The site will eventually sell ready-made cubes, but you can download paper templates for free here. When viewed through the app, these blocks instantly transform a simple, inanimate...

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