Curiosity Box – A Regular Delivery of Science to your Door
Oct11

Curiosity Box – A Regular Delivery of Science to your Door

The Curiosity Box is a new service that delivers science to your doorstep in a regular monthly box. Aimed at children aged 7-11, each pack provides all they need to carry out several simple science experiments. All the themes are linked to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. The folks at Curiosity Box sent me over a box to see what I thought, so I roped in my 11 year old niece to help me out with it. Firstly, I loved the packaging 🙂...

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Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky
Aug17

Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky

As you may have noticed from the lack of blogposts, I’m having a bit of summer downtime. And inbetween long bouts of sitting in front of the Olympics (go Team GB!) I’ve spent the last week exploring the universe in No Man’s Sky. No Man’s Sky is a new game for PC and PS4. In it you take the role of a nameless space traveller, zooming around the universe. The game is huge, there are over 18 quintillion planets...

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Quick Science Idea : Oreo Cookie Moon Phase Model
Jul04

Quick Science Idea : Oreo Cookie Moon Phase Model

Here’s a quick idea for making a model of the phases of the moon using Oreo cookies. Other cookies might work too, but the combination of black biscuit and white cream makes this work really well. Carefully remove the top of each of the cookies to reveal the cream layer. You can then scrape away the cream to show the different moon phases. Place them in a circle, then annotate with labels to explain the different phases. Like...

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Science Teaching Idea : Food Chains With Stackable Cups
Jun03

Science Teaching Idea : Food Chains With Stackable Cups

Here’s a quick idea for teaching food chains with stackable cups. I posted this over on Facebook last week and it got an amazing response, plus lots of questions. So I thought I’d explain the idea a little more here. The basic idea is that you can stick/draw images of animals and plants onto stackable cups, plus write the name around the edge. Then stack them to show the food chain building up. In the example video, I used...

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Squishy Circuits : Fun with Electrical Dough
Apr04

Squishy Circuits : Fun with Electrical Dough

Squishy circuits allow for a fun blurring of science and art. Children can create fun circuits as easily as rolling out lengths of dough. This can be a lot more interesting than playing with regular electrical components, and not a crocodile clip in sight! Regular play dough is a salty substance. The salt allows electricity to flow through the dough. If you make a dough that substitutes sugar for salt it becomes an insulator instead....

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Sketch Nation Create : Simple Game Design App for Kids
Mar01

Sketch Nation Create : Simple Game Design App for Kids

Sketch Nation Create is a free game creation app for IOS and Android devices. The app allows children to draw, play and share their own games; designing their own characters, obstacles, challenges and rules. It’s gaming, drawing, coding, story-telling and problem-solving in one simple-to-use and fun tool. The Sketch Nation games cover nine different genres,from side scrolling running games to driving games. Children can even...

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3D Printing for KS1 with Purple Mash 2Design and Make
Jan14

3D Printing for KS1 with Purple Mash 2Design and Make

If you haven’t seen it before, Purple Mash is 2Simple’s creative online space for primary school teachers and learners. It is a cross-curricula resource packed with open-ended creative tools and themed curriculum resources. Many of the tools are brilliant for very young children, and give them an easy route into being creative using technology. One of the many tools inside Purple Mash is called 2Design and Make. This lets...

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The Hour of Code : Now with added Minecraft
Nov17

The Hour of Code : Now with added Minecraft

The Hour of Code site gets even better. No sooner have they announced a Star Wars module, they go even further and add Minecraft too! The Minecraft Hour of Code has been made in partnership with Microsoft and Mojang, and launches ahead of the Hour of Code event coming in a few weeks time. Children can choose to play as either Steve or Alex and use blocks of code to take them on an adventure through a Minecraft world. The tutorial...

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Go Inside the British Museum with Google Streetview
Nov13

Go Inside the British Museum with Google Streetview

The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. Over 6 million visitors every year experience the collection, including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies. Now you can tour the British Museum from your classroom with a new link-up with Google Streetview and the Google Cultural Institute. Over than 4,500 items from the...

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Add BB8 to your Movies : Star Wars comes to Action Movie FX
Nov10

Add BB8 to your Movies : Star Wars comes to Action Movie FX

There’s a bit of a Star Wars theme to the blog posts this week as the hype machine gears up to the release of the movie in a month’s time. This time, it’s an app I’ve written about before, Action Movie FX, which gets the Star Wars treatment. If you’ve not seen it before, Action Movie FX lets the children add Hollywood-style special effects to their iPad movies. This can include alien spaceships, crashing...

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Technology Will Save Us : DIY Kits for Young Makers
Oct11

Technology Will Save Us : DIY Kits for Young Makers

Technology Will Save Us is a new education technology start-up. They are on a mission “to provide families, educators and young people – of all ages, backgrounds and interests – new opportunities to learn and create using technology.” They do this by producing some fantastic maker kits to inspire children to see technology as a tool for solving problems and making things with; equipping them with the skills that are...

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Get Animated with the Hue HD Animation Studio
Aug19

Get Animated with the Hue HD Animation Studio

Hue Animation Studio contains everything that a budding animator needs to start creating stop motion animation videos. The pack includes a USB camera, animation software and book of ideas to get you started. The HUE HD USB camera is a flexible plug and play camera with built-in microphone. The HUE camera is perfect for stop motion animation, as well as for taking still pictures and recording real-time videos. It can even be used as a...

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