Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple simulation game to investigate the properties of such systems.
Drinks mats are not only for preventing spills on table tops - they are also good for flipping and catching!
In this project, you will design your own mat and test it against others to see which is best for flipping and catching.
You will need to think about:
Once you've designed your drinks mat, you need to test it against other people's. How will you plan a fair test? You will need to think about what a standard 'flip' is, and how you can make sure that all flips are the same as far as possible.
This project was originally one devised for a Motivate conference, and you can find more details there. You can also read a news report about the research by Dr Ian Johnston (Technology Faculty, Open
University) on which this conference was based.