Living World

This collection of STEM resources is based on the living world.  Resources are listed in order of stage.

Bird Watch

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Do you know which birds are regular visitors where you live?

Food Chains

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?

Terrariums

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Build a mini eco-system, and collect and interpret data on how well the plants grow under different conditions.

Food Web

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Is this eco-system sustainable?

Big and Small Numbers in the Living World

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.

Investigating Epidemics

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

Maths Is Everywhere!

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Maths is everywhere in the world! Take a look at these images. What mathematics can you see?

Capture and Recapture

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

How do scientists or mathematicians estimate the size of a population of wild animals?

Like Father Like Son

Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:

What is the chance I will have a son who looks like me?

Counting Fish

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

I need a figure for the fish population in a lake. How does it help to catch and mark 40 fish?

Counting Dolphins

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?

Big and Small Numbers in Biology

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.

Bio Graphs

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

What biological growth processes can you fit to these graphs?

Biology Measurement Challenge

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.

Time to Evolve

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

How many generations would link an evolutionist to a very distant ancestor?

Genetics

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.

Natural Shapes

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

How does shape relate to function in the natural world?

Robot Camera

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?

Using the Haemocytometer

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Practise your skills of proportional reasoning with this interactive haemocytometer.

Solving the Genome Puzzle

Age 14 to 18

The human genome is represented by a string of around 3 billion letters. To deal with such large numbers, genome sequencing relies on clever algorithms. This article investigates.

Influenza Virus: It's All in the Packaging

Age 14 to 18

This article explores how researchers in disease dynamics are using mathematics to understand how the influenza virus replicates.