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Royal Institution Christmas Lectures



We are proud to have had the pleasure to work with some of the most esteemed Royal Institution speakers to create resources that make accessible their CHRISTMAS Lecture content to primary pupils.

Each set of resources provides Teachers Notes and Powerpoint slides to be used interactively with Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils in your school.

We would be delighted to receive feedback on these - email us at fascinate@manchester.ac.uk

 



Danielle George - Sparks will fly

1. The Light Bulb Moment

Key Stage 1 (5-7 year olds)

A revolution is happening. Across the world people are taking control of the devices we use every day, customising them, creating new things and using the sparks of their imagination to change the world. What if we can findnew uses for visible light, beyond simply as a means to see in the dark?Can we explore the greater range of uses if light bulbs could be lighter, smaller, coloured and long lasting?

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2. A New Revolution

Key Stage 2 (8-11 year olds)

A revolution is happening. Across the world people are taking control of the devices we use every day, customisingthem, creating new things and using the sparks of their imagination to change the world. Can we turn a humble motor into something world changing?

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3. Making Contact

Key Stage 2 (10-11 year olds)

A revolution is happening. Across the world people are taking control of the devices we use every day, customising them, creating new things and using the sparks of their imagination to change the world. This lesson takes inspiration from the inventor Alexander Graham Bell and wonders at how we now can even make a phone call from the top of a mountain.

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Kevin Fong - How to survive in space

Kevin Fong is a medical doctor with a special interest in space medicine and extreme environments, particularly the medical and physiological challenges of long duration human space missions.

All three lessons use the inspirational context of when Tim Peake became the first Briton in space in December 2015. Lecture two considers the challenges of living and working in space This is the story of human survival against all the odds; the story of how science, medicine and engineering come together to help answer our biggest questions about Life, the Earth, the Universe, and our place in it. Pause to reflect upon how what once was the stuff of science fiction is fast becoming today’s science fact.

Key Stage 2 (7-11 year olds)

1. Lift Off

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2. Life in Orbit

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3. The Next Frontier

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Saiful Islam - Supercharged

Saiful Islam investigates one of the most important challenges facing humankind – how to generate energy without destroying the planet in the process. A fascinating and stimulating celebration of the stuff that quite literally makes the universe tick, from power for our homes, fuel for our cars and making the most important machine of them all work, the human body.

Key Stage 2 (7-11 year olds)

1. Let There Be Light

The underpinning big idea: When energy is converted - work can be done.

Children will be able to work scientifically by:
NC Key Stage 2: planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary

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2. Power People

The underpinning big idea: What is energy and where does it come from, how can we best make use of it, and how can we store energy to use later on?

Children will be able to work scientifically by:

  • Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • Making systematic and careful observations and, gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions

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3. Fully Charged

The underpinning big idea: When energy is converted - work can be done.

Children will be able to work scientifically by: planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary

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