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The Digital Learning Foundation inspires and motivates young people and educators through the use of digital tools, innovative technologies and encouraging their use in everyday teaching and learning.

Already, more than 25,000 young people have experienced one of our 3D shows, workshops, digital media competitions or other activities.

 
Help us, book or sponsor a show now.
Our projects also aim to promote the public understanding of science or the arts and encourage students to consider these areas as potential careers.

We are researching, developing and evaluating the use of new tools and the results will be made available on this site.

All of our shows are designed to support the curriculum.

On this site you can find out about our shows, workshops, challenges and other activities, as well as resources and free applications.

 

Contact us

If you or your school would like more information or to book one of our activities, our contact information is here. We will then contact you to discuss your requirements in more detail.

3D School Shows

 

We offer an ever growing list of 3D shows, a number of which have associated workshops and digital media competitions. Each of our shows is presented live, using our own interactive 3D software... they are not films!

Clicking on the item title or the "more:" link, will take you to each shows main page. You will find information about the room requirements  to host a 3D show here.

More than 25,000 students of all ages have taken part in one of our activities.

You can also find educational resources by clicking here.

 

Space - the Solar System & Beyond


An amazing 3D school show, that comes to you!
Format : 45min 3D show + 15 min Q&A
Target : P5-P7
 
Covers Curriculum for Space Topic
Usually 4 shows per day
more :

 

Gravity

 

Presenter lead realtime 3D Show, with voting system.
Format : 45-50min 3D show
Target : P7 - S3  11yrs - 14yrs
Covers Newtonian Gravity, Life of Stars and Formation of the Universe.
 Maximum of 40 pupils (30 with Gravity Workshop). 
Usually 4 shows per day.  More :

 

GRAVITY Challenge

 

This is a full day activity for up to 30 students, in teams of 4 or 5. Includes the 3D Gravity show. 

Target : P7 - S3  11yrs - 14yrs 

Hands on experiments, roller coaster challenge, make a movie to explain an experiment and create an advert for the roller coaster. More:

 

Maxwell's Rainbow

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Presenter lead realtime 3D Show.

Format : 45-50min 3D show

Target : S3 - S6 

Focuses on the electromagnetic spectrum and aims to follow the journey leading Maxwell to his theory that unified Magnetism, Electricity and Light. More :

 

 


 

3D Shows Currently In Development :

LHC 3D : It's All Down to Gravity

A new 3D school show being developed in conjunction with Dr Pete Edwards, Durham University. Will explain the science happening at the LHC, in a way that is suitable for S2 - S4.

BTBA & What does it mean to be Human?

This new 3D show takes audience involvement even further, by using voting pads to make decisions that determine what happens next. BTBA is a Biomedical show that explains how the body works by using both real medical 3D data and simplified 3D models. The show raises a number of ethical issues that are then discussed in the follow on debate and presentations can be submitted for the digital media competition. Target P7 - S1.  More details soon.

We have 30 free days to allocate on a first come basis!

If you are interested in BTBA, and are a school located in Scotland, then please contact us as soon as possible!  

Space II : Is there Anybody Out There?

The existing space show has been great for primary schools, but, we keep being asked if we can deliver it to a secondary school audience... so this new 3D show is designed to bridge that gap. It explores our solar system and the galaxy beyond 

 

 

3D : Gravity

  • Presenter lead realtime 3D Show, with voting system to enable audience interaction.
  • Covers Newtonian Gravity, Life of Stars and a Current theory on Formation of the Universe.
  • Aimed at : P7 - S3 / Yr 7 - Yr 10 / 11yrs - 14yrs
  • Maximum of 40 pupils. ( 30 if used with Gravity Workshop )

Development part funded by the Science & Technology Facilities Council

Gravity, is a travelling school show that is presented using Stereoscopic Projection, to create a memorable immersive 3D experience, that brings the “Wow” factor into the classroom to promote learning and understanding.

There are some common misconceptions about gravity and the way it works. This 3D show tackles them through a series of virtual experiments, that explain the basics of Newton’s theory of Gravitation, why satellites orbit the earth, why astronauts float about, and much, much more.

We then explore the formation of the universe and the part that Gravity, Dark Matter and Dark Energy have played, using material from the Institute of Computational Cosmology, University of Durham.

The Final part of the show looks at the Life and Death of Stars. Including, what will happen to our Sun and what happens when you fall into a black hole.

A voting system is used throughout the show to pose questions and capture responses.

This show can also be combined with the Gravity Challenge Workshops.

Over 5,000 pupils have already enjoyed this show, and over 24,000 have taken part in Digital Learning Foundation activities..

Download Flyer : gravity3d.pdf

3D Show Requirements

 

Book now! Only £275 + travel.

This includes up to four shows within normal school hours. 

E: bookings "at" digitallearningfoundation.org

T: 07811 445657

Contact us :

If you or your school would like more information or to book one of our activities, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

Funding received from the Science & Technology Facilities Council

3D : Space, the Solar System & Beyond

 

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Space the Solar System & Beyond

Format : 45min 3D show + Q&A

Target : P5-P7

An amazing 3D school show, that comes to you!

* Inspires and Motivates

* Covers Curriculum for Space Topic P5-7

* Only £275 per day + travel, usually 4 shows - so can be less than £2 pupil

* No buses... we come to you.

Space - The Solar System and Beyond, is a curriculum based travelling school show that is presented using Stereoscopic Projection to create an immersive 3D experience that brings the "Wow" factor into the classroom and promotes understanding of complex and abstract concepts, motivates research and self learning, and has been voted the best thing they did all year by the children that have taken part....

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Our journey starts with the earth in space: why we experience day and night, the different seasons and view the moon in various phases. From there we travel deeper into our solar system, examine the planets, investigate their relative sizes, temperatures and practice memorising their names. Next we cover some key space missions including the Apollo moon landing, we join the exploration rovers on the surface of Mars and the Cassini mission to Saturn. On the last leg of our expedition we see the stars of the Milky Way as never before, as we fly through the constellations discovering millions of stars, other solar systems and end with an appreciation of the vastness of our galaxy.

Space - The Solar System and Beyond, is a 40-45 minute program and usually four shows can be provided in a school day. The number of children per show will be determined by the size of room, which must have good blackout. Most AV rooms will accommodate a minimum of 20 children plus our large 2.4m screen and stereoscopic 3D projection system. Large audiences of up to 60 can be possible where room size permits. However, we recommend that around 30 to 40 pupils, is really best.

After school sessions and special events can also be provided, ask for details.

Book now! Only £275 + travel.

This includes up to four shows within normal school hours, additional shows after hours can be added for an additional fee, contact us for information.

Details about size of room etc; can be found here.

E: bookings "at" digitallearningfoundation.org

T: 07811 445657

Space - The Solar System and Beyond, was delivered as part of the Careers Scotland Blast Off To Science Space School visits during June 2006, it was part of the Careers Scotland Science and Technology Matters programme and was presented at the 2005 HMIE Conference, Dunblane Hydro as an example of innovation in learning.

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Contact us :

If you or your school would like more information or to book one of our activities, our contact information is here. We will then contact you to discuss your requirements in more detail.

3D : Maxwell's Rainbow

Maxwell's Rainbow 3D Travelling Show

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As part of the James Clerk Maxwell year celebrations, the DLF were commissioned by the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation to produce an inspirational 3D show that introduces the work of Maxwell to both a general audience and S3 and above students. The show focuses on his work on the electromagnetic spectrum and aims to take the participants on the journey of discovery that lead to Maxwell's theory that unified Magnetism, Electricity and Light.

 

Our initial funding was for 30 days of shows in schools anywhere in Scotland. So, to help select those schools we held a digital media competition.

 

 

The results are here : What Maxwell Did For Us

 

The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and over 5,000 students have seen the show. Music is by PJ Moore. The show uses the same passive stereo 3D technology that has been used to great effect in our "Space- the Solar System and Beyond" Traveling shows.

 

Image gallery from Edinburgh Science Festival

Image gallery from School Tour

Image gallery from Orkney Science Festival Tour

 

Please contact the Digital Learning Foundation if you are interested in booking this show.

 


 

Commissioned by the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation and Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

 


3D : Bring them back ALIVE!

Coming Soon

This new 3D show takes audience involvement even further, by using voting pads to make decisions that determine what happens next. BTBA is a Biomedical show that explains how the body works by using both real medical 3D data and simplified 3D models. The show raises a number of ethical issues that are then discussed in the follow on debate. Multi-media presentations on the topic "What it means to be HUMAN" are then submitted for a digital media competition.

Target P7 - S1.  

Time : Double Period + competition

More details soon.

We have 20 free days to allocate on a first come basis!

If you are interested in BTBA, and are a school located in Scotland, then please contact us as soon as possible!  

 


 

Medical and technology advances will soon challenge the definition of what it means to be human, are we ready to make informed decisions?  

What The Future Holds :

 

Redefining Disability

Prosthetics Now :

 

The Future of Surgery :

 

Genetics :

 

Growing Organs  and Regeneration :

 

Fighting Cancer :

 

The Brain :

 

Lifestyle And Health :

 

Synthetic Life :

 

Robotics :

 

Modelling Life With Medical Animation :

 

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

LHC 3D : It's all down to Gravity!

COMING SOON

 

via cdsweb.cern.ch

LHC 3D : It's all down to Gravity!

A new 3D school show being developed in conjunction with Dr Pete Edwards, Durham University, that aims to explain the work that is happening at the LHC to find the Higgs Boson amongst other things. 

 

Will be suitable for Keystage 3 & 4 (13-16yrs).

 

A gallery of images from our visit to the LHC/CERN can be found here : Gallery

 

 


 

 

 

Funding received from the Science & Technology Facilities Council

3D Show Requirements

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Requirements:

* Good Blackout!

* Seating for audience

* Tables and power for our equipment

* Large enough room for audience

 room layout for 3D system

Download the above layout  here :  layout

 

The following images are from a number of different schools, showing different arrangements of the equipment. As you can see, we are very flexible and as long as the room is dark and large enough we will be able to make it work.

 

Images of shows can be found here : Gallery

Our system includes the following equipment : 

3D Screen :  

2.4m x 1.8m demountable 3D screen

Projectors: 

A pair of NEC DLP projectors in a stacker and fitted with polarising filters.

 

Computers:

Apple MacPro with 512MB graphics card.

Apple 15" MacBook Pro.

PA System:

15" Speakers rated at 300w

Mixer

Wireless Microphones

If you have any questions about our requirements please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Challenges

 

 

 

 

FilmSchool 2004

What Maxwell did for us!

Gravity Challenge

Gravity Challenge : North Ayshire

Gravity Challenge : Southern Tour

 

Coming Soon :

Bring them back ALIVE! : The  Big Debate

Cosmic Tours

 

BTBA : The Big Debate!

Coming Soon

The Big Debate

What does it mean to be HUMAN!

The follow on challenge for the Bring them back ALIVE! 3D show.

Stage : P7 - S1

The Challenge :

 

Nano Technology

  Centre  for Responsible Nanotechnology 

  Scientific American

  Medical Nanotec

 

Prosthetics

Virginia Prosthetics

iWalk

Augmentation

  MIT

  Wired 

  Gartner

Cloning

  Ethics :  actionBioScience 

Replacement Organs

  Time

  Popular Mechanics

 

Regenerative Medicine

 

Synthetic Biology

Synthetic Biology Resources

 

Submission Information 

  


Video Resources :  

Ian Goldin

 Aimee Mullens

Aimee Mullens

John Hockenberry & Hugh Herr : Human Augmentation

 Ray Kurzweil

David Hanson : Robots that "show emotion".

 

Kevin Kelly : How Technology Evolves

 

Chris Jordan : Shocking Statistics

 

David Bolinsky : Animates the Cell

 

Alan Russell : Regenerating our bodies.

 

Juan Enriquez : Mindboggling Science

 

Synthetic Biology;

 

 

 

 

Nanotech

 

Robotics

 

 

Future of Medicine

The Brain

Gravity Challenge

 

 

Predict, Observe,

Hypothesise, Experiment, 

Interpret, make a movie...

 

 

The Gravity Workshop usually follows the Gravity 3D show and if all of the challenges are completed, it is a complete day of integrated activities.

 

Age : 11 to 14 yrs

Number : Maximum 30 students, in up to 6 teams.

Time : around 5 hours

 

 

Funding received from the Science & Technology Facilities Council


 

3D Show :

 

Gravity 3D Show : 50 mins

 

 

This 3D show starts with a series of virtual experiments that explain the basics of Newtonian Gravity. We then cover the formation of the universe and the part that Gravity, Dark Matter and Dark Energy played, using material from the Institute of Computational Cosmology at the University of Durham. The Final part of the show looks at the Life and Death of Stars. A voting system is used throughout the show to pose questions and capture responses.

 

Gravity Show information here

3D Show Requirements here

 

Over 5,000 pupils have already enjoyed this show.



 

 

 

Gravity Challenge : 30 - 40 mins

Roller Coaster Challenge : 75 - 90 mins

Movie Challenge : 90 - 120 mins

Final Presentation : 30 - 40 mins

 

This workshop is a science based digital media challenge that includes a series of hands-on activities.

 

Working as teams of 4 or 5 students, they start with some simple experiments that help in understanding gravity and motion. Then, they try an build the fastest roller coaster possible with the kit provided. During these activities, they are using the DV camera as a timing and analysis tool to capture and playback slowly, to help understand what is actually happening. For many of the activities, they are asked to predict what they think will happen, compare this to what actually happened and then interpret their results.

 

In the Movie Challenge, they create movies to explain what they have learned, using the footage they have already captured and new footage, graphics and animations etc; The final movies are then introduced by each of the teams and shown in Final Presentation.

 

You will find more detailed information in the Challenge Workbook that can be downloaded here (link will be added again shortly)

 

Teams are named after scientists, who have made a contribution to our understanding of Gravity and its effects. Teams can also be asked to research their scientist and include this in their movie.

 

Teams Names : choose 6 from : Galileo, Newton, Kepler, Einstein, Hubble, Higgs, and Hawking

 

This workshop provides a real context for learning and promotes collaborative working, critical thinking, creativity and cross curricular links. It is essential that the teams plan ahead, share tasks, thoughts and ideas and work well together. Supports the Curriculum for Excellence.

 

 

 


Equipment Required :

 

Each team should be provided with :

 

DV Camera

Firewire/USB2 cable as appropriate

iBook/MacBook with iLife and iWork applications

access to additional computers with WWW and iLife and iWork applications

 

Team Table and chairs


 

Space Required for Workshops

 

The 3D show equipment (screen, projectors, etc) does need to remain set up for the duration of the visit.

If space allows, then it is possible that some of the workshop activities could also use the show space.

Please email us with rough sizes of the room and some photos would be helpful, if you intend to use the same room for everything.

 

 

Experiments :

Where there are 6 teams, there would usually be the following stations:

 

1 no Water Drop

1 no Light & Heavy

2 no Ball Lift

2 no Ball Cannon

 

It can be useful to have an extra Water Drop.

 

Water Drop :

Required :

Easily cleaned floor surface, that is ok if it gets splashed with a little water.

 

Space :

We provide a 1.5m dia pool to catch the spillage from the dropping bottle. 2m x 2.5m - 3m probably large enough for each station.

 

Light & Heavy

Preferred :

This is best in a space/room where light levels can be controlled to some degree, ie; have the lights off, and close blinds. This is to allow the DV camera shutter to remain open for the full 1/25 sec.

A wall that the meter stick can be taped or bluetacked to, can be helpful.

 

Space :

2m x 2.5m - 3m probably large enough for each station.

 

Ball Lift

Required :

Privacy, as it is important that other teams can't see how this challenge is solved.

 

Space :

2m x 2.5m - 3m probably large enough for each station.

 

Ball Cannon

Preferred :

There will be balls flying through the air, so should be a space where this will not cause a problem.

 

Space :

As large as possible, the balls will travel around 6-8m through the air.


 

Roller Coasters :

The roller coaster challenge is after the experiments and can reuse the same spaces.

 

Required :

A stack of 3 or 4 chairs to be used as the roller coaster starting point.

 

Space :

As you can see from the gallery, the roller coasters will vary in size and shape, but as a rough guide a space of around 3m x 3m, or longer, would be good for each team.

 

Where possible, the team table should be close to the teams roller coaster space. The space for this is additional.


 

Preparation

Teams :

The class teacher should provide a list of team members. Teams should be either of 4 (best) or 5 students and a maximum of 6 teams. Team names can be chosen from the list of scientists below:

 

Teams : Galileo, Newton, Kepler, Einstein, Hubble, Higgs, Hawking and Hulse-Taylor  

 

It might be useful for the team, to have researched their scientist before they come.

 

Information :

It is useful for us to know in advance what level of iLife, iWorks or movie making experience the class/teams have, ie; None/Some/Experienced. This will allow us to organise "just-in-time" learning sessions if required.


 

Southern Tour Dates

 

20 - 24 Oct 08 : Leeds West CLC

15 - 19 Dec 08 : University of Durham

12 - 16 Jan 09 : St Helens CLC

26 -30 Jan 09 : Rawmarsh CLC /Magna

9 - 13 Feb 09 : TechniumCast, Bangor University, North Wales

23 - 27 Feb 09 : North Nottingham eLC

 

 

  

Funding received from the Science & Technology Facilities Council



 

Workshop Competition : Annual Prize

 

  

The top two teams from each day, will be given additional time, with agreement from the CLC/School, to rework their movie and complete an additional task, to compete for the annual prize against the top teams from all the other events.

 

At this point, prizes would be along the lines of :

 

For Best Team :

1st : £100 in Amazon Vouchers for CLC/School and either an engraved 2Gb iPod Shuffle or £45 in Amazon Vouchers for each team member.

 

2nd : £50 in Amazon Vouchers for CLC/School and either an engraved 1Gb iPod Shuffle or £30 in Amazon Vouchers for each team member.

 

3rd : £25 in Amazon Vouchers for CLC/School and £15 in Amazon Vouchers for each team member.

 

There will be a Trophy or Certificates for the Fastest Roller Coaster, Most Inventive/Exciting Roller Coaster, Best Documentary Movie and Best Promotional Materials.

 

We are now trying to raise additional funds to be able to bring the top teams together in a common venue for two days to do the Gravity & Roller Coaster Challenge Grand Final, judge the films and have the prize giving event.

 
If you are interested in taking part, or can help with a venue, funding or prizes, please do contact us.

 

Below is the information for you to recreate this challenge yourself : Please note Still Draft

 

All of the equipment is easily and cheaply obtainable.

 

Do please let us know, if you use this workshop with your class, as we would like to hear how it goes and would be grateful for any suggestions you may have.

 

If you have ideas for other experiments or for modifications or extensions to the existing ones, please add them to the other experiments section or the comments.

 

If you would like to enter your school team for the competition, please contact us to register.

 


Challenge Workbook :

 

You can download the challenge work book here :

 

You need a DV Camera and a Mac or PC with video editing software and cable to connect them.

 

1)  Water Drop -

 

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2)  Ball lift

 

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3 ) Ball cannon

 

     reqd :     

 

We made our ball cannon more robust by using some extra bits from Maplin :

 

4) Heavy + Light Drop :

 

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Roller Coaster Challenge Equipment and Software:

 

Roller Coaster Kit :

 

Required Per Team

 

 


Alternative & Relay :

 

You can also do the challenge using a software roller coaster, costs much the same per item, but more difficult to do as teams..... However, if your teams are too large, or have uneven numbers, you can do both at the same time as a relay.... with one member of the team working on the software roller coaster, while the others build the kit, and change every 10 or 15 mins... with only a minute of overlap :-)

 

Software Roller Coasters :

 

Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

Commercial game around £19

 

NoLimits Coaster Simulation

Not as easy to use as RCT3, but also fewer restrictions.

Free download and demo, but save disabled. $29.95 for full version : LINK

 

 



 

 

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Gravity Challenge : North Ayrshire Results

 

The Roller Coaster Challenge      

 

This version of the Gravity Challenge started with four days of theGravity 3D show, and then continued with twelve days of science workshops. The first six were with S1 Ardrossan Academy students and then continued with the cluster primary schools Stanley, Winton, West Kilbride and finally Dykesmain.
"Working as teams of 4 or 5 students (P7 or S1), the challenge starts with some simple experiments that help in understanding gravity and motion.  The teams also film the experiments, both as an integral part of two of the experiments and to create an explanation of at least one of the experiments (max 2mins). 
 
Next, the teams try to build the fastest or most inventive roller coaster possible with the kit provided. They also film this to create a 30sec-1min advert to promote their Roller Coaster. During the day, the teams complete a workbook and are asked to predict what they think will happen, compare this to what actually happened and then interpret their results. They also have to return their roller coaster kits exactly as they were given, and finally they get to see the movies they have created. A really intense day of fun activities" 
 
To assist pupils, who may not have had any previous iMovie or Garageband experience, there are 5 min introductions to each, given at the start of the movie challenge.
 
The teams are marked on teamwork, workbook, RC Kit, Fastest RC, Most Inventive RC and their movies.
 
More information can be found here.
 
Funding for this series of events came from North Ayrshire Education Dept.
 
The Gravity Challenge was originally developed with funding from STFC.
 

 

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Overall Winners :

Primary & Secondary

 

Best Team : 

 

1st : Hawking 19th June - 83% (West Kilbride Primary School)

 

2nd : Galileo 28th May  - 82% (Ardrossan Academy)

 

3rd : Hawking 3rd June - 81% (Ardrossan Academy)

 

 

Other Categories : 

 

Fastest Roller Coaster : Galileo 11th June :  5.21 sec (Stanley Primary School)

 

Most Inventive Roller Coaster : Hubble 3rd June (Ardrossan Academy)

 

Best Movie : Einstein 18th June (West Kilbride Primary School)

 

Best Advert : Kepler 4th June (Ardrossan Academy)

 

Best Workbook : Hawking 29th May (Ardrossan Academy)

 

Best RC Kit : Einstein 23rd June (Dykesmain Primary School

 

 

Fastest Roller Coaster : 

 

Galileo 11th June :  5.21 sec (Stanley Primary School)

Galileo 11th June :  5.21 sec (Stanley Primary School)

 

 

Galileo 11th June :  5.21 sec (Stanley Primary School) 

 

 

Galileo 11th June  (Stanley Primary)

 


 

Most Inventive Roller Coaster : 

Hubble 3rd June (Ardrossan Academy)

 

 

Hubble 3rd June (Ardrossan Academy)

 

Hubble 3rd June (Ardrossan Academy)

 

 

 

 

Best Movie :

 

Einstein 18th June (West Kilbride Primary School) 

Includes images of students, so movie can't be shown on this public site.

 

 

 

Best Advert :

Kepler 4th June (Ardrossan Academy)

 

 

Kepler 4th June (Ardrossan Academy)

 

 

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Gallery : 

Other images can be found on the gallery here

 

Other Adverts :

 

Unfortunately many of the movies feature the students and can't be included on this public page. However, here are few that are student free ;-)

 

 

Hawking 12th June (Stanley Primary)

 

 

Galileo 15th June (Winton Primary)

 

 

Einstein 3rd June (Ardrossan Academy) 

 

 

Hubble 2nd June (Ardrossan Academy)

 

 

Roller Coaster Kits & Cameras 

 

We have been asked to provide information on both the roller coaster kits and the video cameras that we used for this event, both by teachers and pupils. 

 

Roller Coaster Kit :

 

Skyrail Roller Coaster 150pc 

 

SkyRail Roller Coaster (Quercetti) model 6430 with 150 pieces.

 

Can usually be purchased from Amazon for around £16 - £20.

We bought extra kits so we could add some additional pieces and so we would have spares. 

 

The track can be broken if treated roughly, however our kits have been used for 32 days of events and we have only needed to use the track from two spare kits for replacements. 

 

Video Camera

 

 

 

Kodak Zx1 High Definition Video Camera.

 

Great camera for schools, simple to use, robust and no film to worry about. When shooting video it can be used in VGA, HD and HD60 modes. If using iMovie 06 (iMovie HD) it is best to use the VGA mode to avoid long waits when importing. Can also take reasonable still photos.

 

Comes with everything apart from a SD card. However, make sure you buy a fast SD card like the SanDisk Ultra II or better, or you can have audio sync problems. 4GB is a good size and reasonably priced at around £6 - £8.

 

We also found that some of the schools MacBooks wouldn't mount the camera with the USB cable supplied, but worked fine with a USB card reader.

 

Everything can be purchased from Amazon.

 

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Gravity Challenge : Southern Tour Results

Galileo 30 Jan 2009 - First Place winners in the best team category. 

 

Best Team

First Place

team            Galileo 30 Jan 2009

location       Magna / CENT / Rawmarsh CLC

school         Brinsworth Comprehensive

 

Second Place

team            Galileo 14 Jan 2009

location       De LaSalle School, St Helens CLC

school         Rainford High

 

Third Place

team           Galileo 25 Feb 2009

location      North Nottingham eLC

school        Bigwood 

 

Special Mention

team            Newton 23 Oct 2008

location       Leeds West CLC

school          tbc

 

Best Movie

1st Place :

 

team        Hawking  28 Jan 2009

location   Magna / CENT / Rawmarsh CLC

school     Maltby

 

 

2nd Place :

 

team       Galileo 15 Jan 2009

location  De LaSalle School / St Helens CLC

school    De LaSalle 

 

 

3rd Place :

 

team       Newton 16 Jan 2009

location  De LaSalle School / St Helens CLC

school    St Cuthberts 

 

 

 

 

Fastest Roller Coaster 

 

1st Place :  with a time of : 4.81 sec

 

team        Hubble 27 Jan 2009

location   Magna / CENT / Rawmarsh CLC

school     Thrybergh

 

2nd Place :  with a time of : 5.72 sec 

team        Hawking  28 Jan 2009

location   Magna / CENT / Rawmarsh CLC

school     Maltby

 

3rd Place :  with a time of : 5.88 sec 

team        Kepler 30 Jan 2009

location   Magna / CENT / Rawmarsh CLC

school     Brinsworth

 

 

 

The Gravity Challenge Southern Tour : Results

 

This intense day long science workshop started with the Gravity 3D show, then continued with a series of hands-on activities  and a digital media challenge. More information can be found here.

 

"Working as teams of 4 or 5 students (year 9 or 10), the challenge starts with some simple experiments that help in understanding gravity and motion.  Then, the teams try to build the fastest or most inventive roller coaster possible with the kit provided. The teams also film the activities, both as an integral part of two of the experiments and for the Movie challenge, where they are asked to create either an explanation of at least one of the experiments (max 2mins) or to create an advert (30sec-1min). During the day, the teams complete a workbook and are asked to predict what they think will happen, compare this to what actually happened and then interpret their results." 

 

The teams are marked on teamwork, workbook, RC Kit, Fastest RC, Most Inventive RC and their movie.

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The Southern Tour Dates:

 

20 - 24 Oct 08 : Leeds West CLC

15 - 19 Dec 08 : University of Durham (Gravity 3D Show Only)

12 - 16 Jan 09 : De LaSalle School / St Helens CLC

26 -30 Jan 09 : Magna / CENT / Rawmarsh CLC

9 - 13 Feb 09 : TechniumCast, Bangor University, North Wales (Gravity 3D Show Only)

23 - 27 Feb 09 : North Nottingham eLC

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Gallery :

More images from the tour can be found here.

 

 

Evaluation : 

A pdf file of our evaluation report to the STFC for this project can be found here.

 

 

 

 

Funding received from the Science & Technology Facilities Council

 

 

 

Roller Coaster Kits & Cameras 

 

We have been asked to provide information on both the roller coaster kits and the video cameras that we used for our recent events, both by teachers and pupils. 

 

 

Roller Coaster Kit :

 

Skyrail Roller Coaster 150pc 

 

  

SkyRail Roller Coaster (Quercetti) model 6430 with 150 pieces.

Can usually be purchased from Amazon for around £16 - £20.

 

We bought extra kits so we could add some additional pieces and so we would have spares. 

 

The track can be broken if treated roughly, however our kits have been used for 32 days of events and we have only needed to use the track from two spare kits for replacements. 

 

 

Video Camera

 

 

Kodak Zx1 High Definition Video Camera.

 

Great camera for schools, simple to use, robust and no film to worry about. When shooting video it can be used in VGA, HD and HD60 modes. If using iMovie 06 (iMovie HD) it is best to use the VGA mode to avoid long waits when importing. Can also take reasonable still photos.

 

Comes with everything apart from a SD card. However, make sure you buy a fast SD card like the SanDisk Ultra II or better, or you can have audio sync problems. 4GB is a good size and reasonably priced at around £6 - £9.

 

We also found that some of the schools MacBooks wouldn't mount the camera with USB cable supplied but worked fine with a USB card reader.

 

Everything can be purchased from Amazon.

 

What Maxwell did for Us!

 

 

James Clerk Maxwell was born in Edinburgh 175 years ago, and was one of the greatest scientists who have ever lived. To him we owe the most significant discovery of our age - the theory of electromagnetism. He is rightly acclaimed as the father of modern physics and also made fundamental contributions to mathematics, astronomy and engineering. Although not as widely known by the public as Newton or Einstein, his discoveries have helped shape the modern world. 

 


If you are interested in taking part in the next Maxwell challenge please contact the Digital Learning Foundation. 


 

The 2006 Challenge :

 

The challenge to be carried out by groups of four or five S1/S2students. They should take the theme - "What James Clerk Maxwell has done for us!" and create a promotional presentation that could be used to increase awareness of the impact that Maxwell has had on our modern world. This could take the form of an essay, a poster, a slideshow, an animation, a cartoon strip, a song, a movie, a podcast.. as long as it is in a shareable digital format - the more inventive and appropriate the better!

A record of the research, decision and design process that is gone through should be submitted - a list of sources, mind maps, story boards, or whatever was used to arrive at their solution. A concept statement is also required.

Group photos with permission for use should be supplied if possible.

 The entire project should be completed in two or three days and must be students own work. Three entries can be made per school and it is up to each school to decide how they select their entries..

 

The Prizes : 

1st Prize :School: A day of Maxwell's Rainbow 3D Shows, £100 Amazon Vouchers + DLF Membership. Each team member will also receive an iPod Shuffle and a £25 Amazon Voucher.

2nd Prize : School: Maxwell's Rainbow 3D Show, £50 Amazon Vouchers + DLF Membership. Each team member will also receive an iPod Shuffle and a £20 Amazon Voucher.

3rd Prize : School: Maxwell's Rainbow 3D Show, £25 Amazon Vouchers + DLF Membership. Each team member will also receive a £15 Amazon Voucher.

A further 17 Scottish schools, who take part, will also be offered a free day of Maxwell's Rainbow 3D Shows in their school.

 

"Maxwell's Rainbow 3D Traveling Show"

As part of the James Clerk Maxwell year celebrations, we have been commissioned by the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation to produce an inspirational  3D show that introduces the work of Maxwell to both a general audience and S1/S2 students. The show focuses on his work on the electromagnetic spectrum and aims to take the participants on the journey of discovery that lead to Maxwell's theory that unified Magnetism, Electricity and Light. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and 30 events will be held all over Scotland, this competition is to select the 20 Scottish schools that will receive a free day of "Maxwell's Rainbow" 3D shows at their school. Being piloted in November, shows will be available from Dec. Music is by PJ Moore. The show uses the same passive stereo 3D technology that has been used to great effect in our "Space- the Solar System and Beyond" Traveling shows.

 

In addition, the top three schools chosen by the judges, will also receive a sum of Amazon Vouchers and a years free membership of the Digital Learning Foundation. Schools outwith Scotland are welcome to take part, but should they win a prize, the 3D show may be substituted by an alternative prize at the discretion of the judges, whose decision is final. 

Each member of the top three teams will also win individual prizes as listed above.

 

We would like to thank the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Careers Scotland and P.J. Moore for their help and support for this project.


Below are the winning entries.  


1st Prize : Boclair Academy, Bearsden, Glasgow.

 

 

 


2nd Prize : Tarbert Academy, Argyle & Bute 

 


3rd Prize :  Lockerbie Academy, Dumfries & Galloway.

 

The team from Lockerbie Academy submitted a website. 


Special Mentions :

 

Largs Academy, Largs. North Ayrshire : movie 

 


Whitburn Academy, West Lothian : movie 


 

Smithycroft Secondary, Glasgow : Powerpoint

The team from Smithycroft submitted a PowerPoint presentation. 

 

 

FilmSchool 2004

  

In June 2004, in conjunction with Careers Scotland, we ran the FilmSchool2004 enterprise challenge for Scottish secondary schools. 120 S5/6 students from all over Scotland took part in the 3 day event.

 

Brief :  

To produce a 2 minute video that promotes their local area as a great place to live and work. A second challenge to produce a 30 second trailer was also given at 6pm on the night before the final deadline. 

 

Judging:

Although the final product was important, the teams were marked on the process. Each had to submit a concept statement, storyboard and script. They were also marked on how they worked as a team and how well they had fulfilled their concept.

 

Judges were from the BBC, NASA and Scottish Screen.  

 

Partners :

Developed and run for Careers Scotland. Supported by Apple, Canon and Scotsys.


 

Best Movie : Kircudbright Academy, 

Dumfries & Galloway 

  

 


 

Best Script & Storyboard : James Young High, 

Edinburgh & Lothians

 
 
James Young High Storyboard 
  

Best Trailer : Graeme High, 

Forth Valley

 

 
 

 

 

Cosmic Tours

 

Coming Soon A digital media competition for Primary and Secondary Schools:

 

Cosmic Tours : The Challenge :

Interstellar Travel Links:

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Flying with nature's own fuel

http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/roboticexplorers/solarsails_prt.htm

 

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Dr. Marc Millis : Breakthrough Propulsion and Interstellar Travel

http://academy.grc.nasa.gov/2007/guest-speakers/dr-marc-millis/

 

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Marshall Space Flight Centre : Interstellar Travel Videos 

http://www.msfc.nasa.gov/news/news/video/2000/video00-150.htm

 

 

 

Education Resources

 Click on the links below the line

Education Blogs

 

Ask for your Education Blog to Be included :

In the add comment section below : please leave a link to your blog and the description you would like used. We will add it to this list.

 

ScotEduBlogs

 

This site exists to help educational bloggers across Scotland to find each other and to talk to each other.

http://www.scotedublogs.org.uk/

 

 

Ewan McIntosh's

 

http://edu.blogs.com

 

 

Gordon's Ramblings

Hi there. I have been involved in education for a long time now. I started teaching Physics then moved to Computing as computers came into schools. I taught in a number of schools in Inverclyde for nearly twenty years. I am now an education adviser (Quality Improvement Officer in any other place!) with Renfrewshire Council. This blog in no way endorses or comments on anything to do with Renfrewshire and any comments made here are non attributable. You can see from my interests that I have far too many interests and not nearly enough time to do anything about them!

 

http://gordonsramblings.blogspot.com

 

 

John Connell

...the point is not to interpret the world but to change it...

 

http://www.johnconnell.co.uk/blog/

 

 

John Johnston

mostly what we are doing with ict in class and some links

 

http://www.sandaigprimary.co.uk/pivot/johnjohnston.php

 

 

ICT in my Classroom

 

http://tbarrett.edublogs.org/2008/03/29/twitter-a-teaching-and-learning-tool/

 

 

Adventures in Instructional Support

http://ipeer.apsc.ubc.ca/wordpress/?p=16

 

School Blogs

A school or class blog is a great way to keep your local and the wider community up to date with what you and your students are doing.

 

Some Examples :

 

http://carronshore.edublogs.org/

 

http://dingwallp6.wordpress.com/

 

FilmSchool Resources

Apple Education Resources:

iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand - support and more..

http://www.apple.com/education/solutions/ilife/

 

Apple Digital Campus Exchange

Join up and join in - its free, and very, very useful

http://edcommunity.apple.com

 

iTunes U

Education resources on iTunes

 

http://www.apple.com/education/guidedtours/itunesu.html

 

Making Movies:

 

Lesson Plans and More from FISe

http://www.fis.ie/default.asp?PageName=LessonPlanEng

 

MediaEd

Great resources and lesson plans for all stages:

http://www.mediaed.org.uk/resource/index.php

 

DV in Education

Online Courses for teachers... and more

http://www.dvined.org.uk

 

Media Education Wales

http://www.mediaedwales.org.uk/pagesEnglish/resources/MakingMMS.htm

 

 

Content:

 

Creative Archive

From the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/calc/

 

From the BFI: http://creative.bfi.org.uk/

 

From Channel 4:

 


From British Pathe: http://www.britishpathe.com

 

Educational Use: All files are free of charge to UK schools, RBCs and LEAs through the national education broadband networks and are strictly for internal non-commercial use only. No other third party publishing or re-use is permitted without a commercial licence. If you wish to buy clips you will have to log on from a PC which is not part of a school network.

 

 

Possible Funding Sources for movie projects

 

First Light Movies 

 

In 2005, First Light Movies, the UK Film Council's filmmaking initiative for five to 18 year olds, delivered a project in 2005 called Big Screen Science, which used filmmaking to engage secondary school students in biomedical science issues.

 

Now there’s a free teaching resource pack to support the project which, as well as the DVD of the six films made, includes key science, class activities and suggested discussion issues.

 

To request a Big Screen Science pack, free of charge, please contact the First Light Movies office on 0121 753 4866 or info [at] firstlightmovies [dot] com ... or at http://www.firstlightmovies.com

 

 

Getting your movie screened :

 

Eurocreator

 

 

 

BBC Blast

 

 

Young Film Makers

 

 

eShed

 

 

 

FilmSchool Showcase

coming soon - here at the DLF!

 

 

 

 

 

Game Creation

 

 

Scratch

An educational game creation tool from MIT

 

caligraphy 2.0

 

Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

 

Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.

 

Scratch is available free of charge, go to Download.

Currently available for Mac OSX and Windows ( system requirements)

To find more about the ideas underlying Scratch, visit the page for Educators.

 

http://scratch.mit.edu/

 


 

Gamestar Mechanic 

 

Gamestar Mechanic was developed through a unique collaboration between Gamelab and the Games and Professional Practice Simulations (GAPPS) group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Funded as part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative the project supports many 21st century skills and aims to give young people a platform to express their ideas through the making and sharing of games.

http://www.gamestarmechanic.com/

  


 

Solve Puzzles for Science

 

Trying to understand Protein Folding?

Then this game might just be for you.

Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. 

http://fold.it/portal/ 

 

 

 


GameSalad.com 

An online community created to support amateur and professional game creators to connect, gather resources, exchange ideas, post their portfolio, play member created games and connect games to social networking platforms.

GameSalad Creator for Mac 

An intuitive development platform that democratizes game design by enabling non-programmers to create original, sophisticated games. Through a user-friendly interface, game designers can access complex algorithms necessary for implementing professional-level artificial intelligence and game play, without programming knowledge.

 

 

Gravity Resources & Links

 Understanding Gravity Links :

Sir Isaac Newton

page of links

 

Physical world OU pages:

http://physicalworld.org/restless_universe/html/ru_4_24.html

 

The Physics Classroom

http://www.physicsclassroom.com

 

Newton's Cannon Simulation 

http://www.waowen.screaming.net/revision/force&motion/ncananim.htm

 

Air Pressure and Gravity : Hot Air Ballons

http://science.howstuffworks.com/hot-air-balloon6.htm

 

Life of Stars

http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/teachers/lessons/xray_spectra/background-lifecycles.html

http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/teachers/lifecycles/LC_main_p1.html

 

http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/m_uni/uni_101stars.html

 

Nasa HEASARC Education :

http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/outreach.html

 

Gravity - Black hole - lisa gravity wave detector

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/universe/gwave.html

 

ESA - Black holes and X-rays

http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=36570

 

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Roller Coaster Physics

 

Funderstanding Roller Coaster

http://www.funderstanding.com/k12/coaster/

 

WebQuest

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/science/webquest/content/rollercoast.shtml 

 

Science Behind the Thrills

http://ffden-2.phys.uaf.edu/211_fall2002.web.dir/Shawna_Sastamoinen/Roller_Coasters.htm

 

How Roller Coasters Work

http://www.howstuffworks.com/roller-coaster.htm

 

Roller Coaster Software

 

Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

Commercial game around £19

Information

Buy from Amazon UK 

 

NoLimits Coaster Simulation

Not as easy to use as RCT3, but also fewer restrictions.

Free download and demo, but save disabled. $29.95 for full version.

http://www.nolimitscoaster.com/

 

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Images and Movies 

 

Cosmic Cookery

 

URL for 3D 1600x600 QT movie

http://www.astro.dur.ac.uk/~dph0elh/COSMIC-COOKERY/

 

Nebula stereo images

http://nzphoto.tripod.com/astro/3dastro/index.html

Orion:

http://nzphoto.tripod.com/astro/3dastro/orion3d.html

Rosette:

http://nzphoto.tripod.com/astro/3dastro/rosette.html

Doradus / Tarantula

http://nzphoto.tripod.com/astro/3dastro/doradus.html

 

http://www.stereo3dgallery.net/cgi_bin/gallery/imageviewg.cgi?type=PARA&iscale=100%25&setprefs=1&PicID=382&orientation=NORM

 

Other stereo pairs

 

ISS Columbus

http://www.stereo3dgallery.net/cgi_bin/gallery/imageviewg.cgi?PicID=552

 

STEREO Sun Mission

 

http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/classroom/classroom.shtml

 

Stereo animation - download images and rebuild as movie

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003200/a003286/index.html

 

http://www.openastro.com/osx/open-source-astronomy-for-osx-idx.html

 

Intel Mac programs

http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/X86_software#Maxon_cinema_4d_9.5.2

 

Resources

Mars Hi Res MOLA

http://pds-geosciences.wustl.edu/missions/mgs/megdr.html

 

Planet Textures

http://planetpixelemporium.com/planets.html

 

Marc W Buie

Asteroids, TNO's and stuff :-)

http://www.lowell.edu/users/buie/

 

HubbleSite 

http://hubblesite.org

 

Planetary Society 

http://www.planetary.org

 

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Simulation Software :

 

Simple Pendulum

http://www.myphysicslab.com/pendulum1.html

 

Planet X

stereo gravity simulator

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Workshops

 

ISS experiments for schools 

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/science/station_education_prt.htm

 

Worksheets and activities

 

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_Astronauts_in_Training.html

 

http://www.nasaexplores.com/search_nav_5_8.php?id=03-008&gl=58

http://www.nasaexplores.com/show_58_teacher_st.php?id=030306153541

http://www.nasaexplores.com/show_58_student_st.php?id=030306153541

 

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Starheads website:

Find an astronomer 

http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/~heck/sfheads.htm

 

Maxwell Resources & Links

PLEASE ADD TO THIS LIST :

Use the comments link at the bottom of this page to suggest more links. Will be moderated. Thank you.

Resources + Links

Resources

1.

Einstein placed on record his view that Maxwell's work resulted in the most profound change in the conception of reality in physics since the time of Newton. Maxwell's researches united electricity and magnetism into the concept of the electro-magnetic field. He died relatively young, and indeed some of the theories he advanced in physics were only conclusively proved long after his death. For example, he did not live to see proved in the laboratory his theory that when a charged particle is accelerated, the radiation produced has the same velocity as that of light: it is a unification that remains one of the greatest landmarks in the whole of science. It paved the way for Einstein's special theory of relativity. Maxwell's ideas also ushered in the other major innovation of twentieth-century physics, the quantum theory.

 

http://www.mountainman.com.au/albert_e.html

 

2. Wikipedia :

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Clerk_Maxwell

 

3. Science Snacks: Diamagnetism Experiment

 

http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/diamagnetism_www/index.html

 

 

Quotations

 

1.

"All the mathematical sciences are founded on relations between physical laws and laws of numbers, so that the aim of exact science is to reduce the problems of nature to the determination of quantities by operations with numbers."

--JCM? from Faraday's Lines of Force (1856}

 

2.

In 1931, on the centennial anniversary of Maxwell's birthday, Einstein described Maxwell's work as the

 

"most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton."

 

3.

"This velocity is so nearly that of light, that it seems we have strong reason to conclude that light itself (including radiant heat, and other radiations if any) is an electromagnetic disturbance in the form of waves propagated through the electromagnetic field according to electromagnetic laws."

JCM (1865)

 


 

Maxwell links

MIT- TEAL Visualisations

http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/teal_tour.htm

 

Trinity College : The Electromagnetic Revolution:Oersted's discovery

http://www.tcd.ie/Physics/Schools/what/materials/magnetism/four.html

 

Syracuse Uni : Maxwell and the Electrodynamic Theory of Light

http://physics.syr.edu/courses/modules/LIGHTCONE/maxwell.html

 

 

http://www.msnucleus.org/membership/html/k-6/as/physics/4/asp4_1a.html

 

Electricity and Magnetism

Electricity and Magnetism

http://science.enotes.com/earth-science/electricity-magnetism

 

Brown Uni:

http://www.cs.brown.edu/stc/outrea/greenhouse/nursery/physics/home.html

 

NASA :

http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/stargaze/Sun5wave.htm

http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/stargaze/Smap.htm

http://www.qrg.northwestern.edu/projects/vss/docs/Communications/2-how-are-frequency-and-wavelength-related.html

http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/EDDOCS/wavelength.html

 

Science Made Simple : Static Electricty

http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/static.html

 

How Does Electricity Work : links

http://www.easyapplianceparts.com/resources/How-Does-Electricity-Work.aspx

 

Science Snacks

Index:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/snacksbysubject.html

 

Simple Motor

http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/stripped_down_motor.html

 

Diamagnetism

http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/diamagnetism_www/index.html

 

 

PLEASE ADD TO THIS LIST :

Use the comments link at the bottom of this page to suggest more links. Will be moderated. Thank you.

Music Resources

 

PLEASE ADD TO THIS LIST :

Use the comments box at the bottom of this page to suggest more links. Will be moderated. Thank you.

 

Music makes such a difference to students movies and presentations, but it needs to be from a legal source. This probably means you have two options, the students create the music themselves with GarageBand ( or similar) or you source royalty free music. 

 


 

 

Royalty Free Music Libraries :

 

RoyaltyFreeMusic

 

"Award winning library of royalty free music from RoyaltyFreeMusic.com"  :

http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/.

 


 

Creative Commons Music :

 

This is music released under a Creative Commons license and there may be rights reserved, so it is essential that you check for each piece. Many artists only ask that you must release the finished work with the same license and that they are credited. 

 

Opsounds 

 

http://opsound.org/


 

 

Space Resources & Links

General

National Air & Space Museum Lecture Series :

All content

Exploring Space 2007 Lecture Series

Exploring Space 2005 Lecture Series

 

Map a Planet data sets

http://www.mapaplanet.org/explorer/help/data_set.html

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NASA

http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html

 

 

NASA Digital Learning Network

http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/

 

Hubble Site

http://hubblesite.org/

 

ESA

http://www.esa.int/esaED/index.html

 

 

Teach Space Science

http://teachspacescience.stsci.edu

 

 

Amazing Space Resources and Challenges

http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html

 

Spaceflight Now

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0411/12phobos/

 

Aerospacecomputing Inc.

Stereoscopic head mounted display : prototype!

http://www.aerospacecomputing.com/space.html

 

WebsterVision

Stereo pairs - usually a bit too extreme, so need eye seperation reduced

http://www.norwebster.com/elektroart/stereo/index.html

 

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International Space Station

 

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NASA HumanSpaceFlight

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/home/index.html

 

SpaceStation

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

 

Assembly Pictures

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/assembly/ndxpage1.html

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/index.html

 

 

Solar System : 

 

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School yard Solar System

http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/education/schoolyard_ss/

 

PLANETARY IMAGE ATLAS

http://pdsimg.jpl.nasa.gov/search/index.jsp

 

NASA - Solar System

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/index.cfm

 

NASA - Solar System for Kids

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=SolarSys&Display=Kids

 

University of California - Astronomy

http://cassfos02.ucsd.edu/public/tutorial/Intro.html

 

NASA/JPL - Solar System Dynamics

http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=1&orb=1#top

 

Planetary Society

http://planetary.org

 

Planetary Society - Ceres

http://planetary.org/explore/topics/asteroids_and_comets/ceres.html

 

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Mars

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MarsQuest

http://www.marsquestonline.org/tour/welcome/index.html

 

Cosmus

http://astro.uchicago.edu/cosmus/projects/marsstereo/

 

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Black Holes :

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Black Holes

http://hubblesite.org/discoveries/black_holes/

 

http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/black_holes/

 

http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l2/black_holes.html

 

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Explore the Universe :

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Are we there yet how long will it take to travel to the moon, other planets, nearest star etc..

http://janus.astro.umd.edu/astro/distance/

 

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Books

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Amazon Books - Children's Astronomy - our Amazon store should be up soon

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Astronomy-Science-Hobbies-Interests-Books/b/ref=dp_brlad_entry/026-8891360-0489222?ie=UTF8&node=492626

 

 

 

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Storyboarding tool for Education : iStoryBoards

 

If you need another reason why the iPod Touch should have a camera, then Oscar Stringer has just given you one with the launch of his photographic storyboarding tool - iStoryboards.

Getting students to understand the importance of planning their movie /animation is one thing. Getting them to create a useful storyboard is another. This application not only makes the process easy, but, by having a slideshow mode that allows you to add music, the storyboard becomes a production in itself. Great work Oscar.

Oscar is an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Links :

Oscar's Site.   iStoryboards.

Web Tools : Free

Video Hosting

 

ScreenCast

 

There are lots of hosting services, but finding one where it doesn't either link to the hosting site (like youtube.com where there can be inappropriate content) or include adverts, can be difficult.

 

We now use ScreenCast, as it offers a good free service, that can be upgraded to give more bandwidth and storage fairly inexpensively. It also has a desktop application that enables large files to be uploaded.

 

http://www.screencast.com/

 

 

 

Vimeo

 

No adverts, but will link back to hosting channel. Only content that you have been involved in the creation of, can be uploaded.

 

http://vimeo.com

 

 

 

 

Video Conferencing

 

Beyond iChat - Xmeeting for OSX

http://xmeeting.sourceforge.net/pages/about.php

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Online Storage Space

 

box.net

Free Online #094489">StorageAccess important files from any computerShare photos, and files too big for emailSynchronize and backup foldersSub-accounts and RSS feeds for groups1GB for free.

http://www.box.net/info

 

 

Online Photo Galleries

 

http://www.bubbleshare.com/

 

http://www.flickr.com

 

 

Splashr

Is a tool for presenting Flickr photos:

http://splashr.com/

 

Surveys

 

Free Online Surveys

The basic free service may be limited, so check out number of questions and number of responses allowed, but it can still be a very useful way of getting feedback. Watchout for adverts being added to your survey.

 

http://www.advancedsurvey.com/accounts.asp

 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/Pricing.asp

 

http://freeonlinesurveys.com/

 

http://www.my3q.com/

 

https://signup.zoomerang.com/registration/free.aspx

 

 

Free Forums

 

http://www.freeforums.org/

http://motigo.com/about/forums

 

 

Collaborative Working Tools 

Wiki - a collaborative web site or work space

 

A number of the previously free educational wikis have now introduced either charges or adverts :

PBWorks

Still offers free wikis, but there are limits to size and use.

http://pbworks.com/ 

 

Other Tools

SubEthaEdit?

"Looking for a text editor that is designed by people actually caring about Human Interface Guidelines? A nice way to edit your HTML files? Or a way to work together on code, texts or notes? Be sure to check out SubEthaEdit. While originally designed for coding together, its collaboration features have also proven to be quite useful for teaching, note-taking (e.g. at conferences) and co-writing text. Imagine meetings with collaborative minute taking or writing your TV/film script or book together with your co-authors."

http://www.subethaedit.net/

 

iStorm

"The world's most innovative collaboration tool, that lets users work, talk, and think together. With iStorm, a user can open up a document, and immediately start brainstorming it with other collaborators over a network. "

http://www.mathgamehouse.com/istorm/index.html

 

iChalk

"Like iStorm, iChalk incorporates useful features such as a simple chatting system, and innovative tracing feature. iChalk also allows users to export the chalkboard images as JPEG file and even into a Quicktime movie file."

http://www.mathgamehouse.com/ichalk/

 

File2.ws

File2.ws is a free website that converts any of your own files into a public online web page. Every converted file to a web page has a unique web address so you can share it with friends, or other people on the internet. This allows information to be shared quickly and efficiently to a large audience.

http://file2.ws/

 

PhotoPeach

Create delicious slideshows and share them with hungry viewers.

http://photopeach.com/

 

Wallwisher

What is wallwisher?
Wallwisher is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily.
 
What is a wall?
A wall is basically the 'web page' where people actually post messages.
 
What can I do with Wallwisher?
You can make Pizza by frying 20 grams of Wallwisher in Evian mineral water. Other than that, you can use wallwisher for:
Personal note taking
To-do lists
Party Invitations
Feedback Collection
Wishing people on occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries
Anything that might need input from a lot of people.
 
www.wallwisher.com

 

ProProfs Polls

A poll maker for your blog, classroom or friends..

http://www.proprofs.com/polls/

 

Screentoaster

Capture videos of onscreen action in one click.?Record screencasts, tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more. Share and stream videos online in Flash.?Embed them on blogs and webpages or send them by email.

http://www.screentoaster.com/

 

Blerp

Allows you and your class to add annotations to any website.... and see what others have written.

http://www.blerp.com/

 

MapTrot

A map creating and sharing tool.

http://maptrot.com/

 

Babelwith.me 

"Communicate with anyone, anywhere in up to 45 languages. BabelWith.me is a simple, free group chat that automatically translates your conversation as you type."

http://www.babelwith.me/

 

NotePub

"Use NotePub, instead of paper, to save, share, and search your notes.

Quickly take notes including images, files, links, and tags. Search your online notepad using tags and keywords. Make your notes public, private, or share with a group. Encrypt private data. Control who gets to see what..."

http://notepub.com/

 

Posterous

"Posterous lets you post things online fast using email. You email us at post [at] posterous [dot] com and we reply instantly with your new posterous blog. If you can use email, you can have your own website to share thoughts and media with friends, family and the world."

http://posterous.com
 

Diijo

 
 

SlideShare

 

fur.ly

Shorten multiple urls into one...

http://fur.ly/

 

Tiny Url

Reduce the size of your URL to make it easier to remember:

http://tinyurl.com/

 

Statistics

http://www.google.com/analytics/ 

 

YackPack

add live chat to your web page or wiki

http://www.yackpack.com/walkietalkie/

 

CGI & PERL Scripting

http://my.execpc.com/~keithp//bdlogcgi.htm

 

Web Counters

http://www.webstats4u.com/service/apply?id=3848109

 

 

Content Management Systems

 

 

Drupal

 

 

 

 

Joomla

 

 

 

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Wiki's & Blogs in Education

 

So you want to be a blogger?

 

 

 

 
Get started with free blogging tools..

 

WordPress

 

http://wordpress.com/

 

Blogger

 

https://www.blogger.com/start 

 

 

 

 

So what is a wiki....

...and how is it different from  a blog?
 
Thoughts?

 

pbworks wiki

PBworksi has proved to be invaluable to us. 

 

The new v2 interface is much easier and more powerful and the recent 200x increase in size for both free and premium wiki's will be a huge benefit to schools and charities like us. And the best thing ... no Google Ads, so no surprises that inappropriate content or products are being advertised on your site. However, the new price structure for premium wiki's is no longer as attractive as it has a number of usage restrictions.

 

http://pbworks.com/ 

 

 

Some Links to information on the use of Wiki's in education :

 

Blog on Wiki Patterns :

http://www.ikiw.org/

 

Cool Lessons :

http://mrlevine.wikispaces.com/

 

eScholarship Repository : Technology Innovations in Statistics Education

http://repositories.cdlib.org/uclastat/cts/tise/vol1/iss1/art4/

http://repositories.cdlib.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1005&context=uclastat/cts/tise

 

 

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HMIe national seminar

16th August 2005

Bringing the Wow factor into the Classroom
Explore Discover Inspire Motivate

Over the last twelve years that I have been involved with multimedia and visualisation for education and science communication there has been a dramatic change in the technology available to, and embraced by, school age students. Mobile phones are probably the most obvious, and the rapid rise of texting and instant messaging has been predominately driven by this group. Digital still and movie cameras with easy to use editing software, digital music creation and most recently pod casting, have blurred the boundaries between being a consumer of digital media and a creator of it. The Digital Learning Foundation was founded to help educators and students take advantage of the opportunities offered by these digital tools and our FilmSchool project is an example of this.


However, over this period, there have been equally dramatic changes in the more esoteric world of large scale, realtime interactive stereoscopic computer visualisation. Once the preserve of a few programmers world wide, this technology is about to explode onto the market place for entertainment, business and research....and again, it is gaming and the availability of low cost auto-stereoscopic displays that will drive this. Therefore, in four or five years stereoscopic displays are likely to be common in the home and once you have experienced a good stereoscopic display.... well, it only needs to be seen to be believed.


So what is Stereoscopic Visualisation? It is the way your brain expects to see things, with a left eye view and a right eye view, and from the minor differences that around 60mm of eye separation creates in these two views, the brain is able to calculate depth and therefore able to construct and understand the real world we experience every day. It is the difference between looking at a flat photograph or illustration of an object and feeling that you can reach out and touch the object itself.


Realtime Interactive Stereoscopic Visualisation combines modern stereoscopic display technologies with a powerful computer that can handle huge amounts of data and allow it to be manipulated interactively in realtime. Until very recently the prohibitive costs and complexity of large scale, real time, interactive stereoscopic visualisation limited its use to multi-national companies like BP, Shell, BMW, Mercedes, Nokia or to some very fortunate University Computing Science or Research labs.... But times have now changed, an Apple G5 based system can not only compete, but blow away, those big systems of only last year. And with a complete system costing only a little more than a whiteboard installation it is now possible for schools to gain the very real benefits that stereo visualisation brings.


“Space, the solar system and beyond” is the first traveling school show that takes realtime interactive stereoscopic visualisation into the school. A half hour program that promotes understanding of complex and abstract concepts, motivates research and self learning, and was voted the best thing they did in the whole year by the children that have taken part..... and this is just the beginning. Our aim is to show how this technology really makes a difference, it is not just wow, and can promote learning and understanding across a wide range of potential subjects including Environmental Science, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art and Design. And, it is not just for shows, the technology is inherently interactive and this is how it should be used as a tool that enables exploration and discovery in an immersive environment. The first stage of this is our Discovery Workshops where the students, research and discover in the 3D environment and then create their own stereoscopic presentation. The Western Australia Cornish Miners Heritage Project and The Space Workshop are examples of this. We are also seeking funding for the development of the "Immersive Learning Environment"...but more of this later...

Enjoy the show!


Phil Lavery
Chief Executive
Digital Learning Foundation

 

 

Our Window Farm Project :

!! this is a work in progress, so please chip in with ideas, solutions and of course questions :-)

Inspired by the above New York WindowFarms project, the aim is to develop an integrated topic that is suitable for both primary and secondary students. 

As the pilot project progresses we will include examples of the students work.

Basic Plan :

Stage 1 : Discussion with students. What do plants need & where do they grow?

Stage 2 : Experiments : testing growing mediums, nutrients & lighting requirements.

Stage 3 : Monitoring the experiments using Digital Diary/Logbook, video, photos, spreadsheet

Stage 4 : Results, and conclusions. Decisions and Planning the WindowFarm

Stage 5 : Building the WindowFarm

Stage 6 : The bigger picture : Concept presentations showing students designs for City Farms

Stage 7 : Monitoring and Digital Diary/Logbook

Stage 8 : Eat the results & Final Presentation

Stage 9 : Share with and Mentor others

Included in the above students will make contact with experts to ask questions, get advice and explore beyond the limitations of the classroom. It is intended that Glow will be used as part of this engagement process.

Links to the Project Pages :

The Pilot Project at Lawthorn Primary

Hydroponic Experiment 1: Making the Wick System

Hydroponic Experiment 1: Pupils planting up

Digital Story Telling : Day 1: Taking Photos, Making Movies!

Digital Story Telling : Day 2 : Animation

Images & Movies : Movies : Image Gallery

 

USEFUL LINKS :

Hydroponics in Schools ..

Choosing your growing medium : Experiments to do before.. 

Information : Exploring Classroom Hydroponics

Information : The Growing Edge

Linking Schools & Developing World : Hydroponics4Life

 

How to...

Basic 3 Plant AirLift System PDF : New Version

Basic 3 Plant AirLift System PDF : Original Version

You should download both of the above, as original gives information not included on the new one.

Suspended System : To follow

 

Our System :

Still being designed :-)

 

Possible Equipment Suppliers ..

Holland Hydroponics

Hozelock Tubing : Garden4Less 

General : Hydroponics Eu - Looks expensive & Priced in €

Local & Very Helpful : Glasgrow Hydroponics 

Scottish : Achiltibuie Gardens

Lighting : Daylight Bulbs : 240v : 

LightBulbs-direct.com

Lighting : 12v : 

Float switches : Deeter

 

Plants..

 

Other similar projects..

WindowFarms : The Original Project

Finish Museum : WindowFarms Finland


Farms in Space :

 

NASA : Farming for the Future

Farms don't need to be flat..

Plants will grow nearly anywhere there are the correct conditions. They grow on hills, mountains, under the sea, and they will grow on buildings, if we give them what they need..

bhv homme

bhv homme

sky farm toronto

skyfram toronto

sky farm, las vegas

More here : Living Walls, Vertical Gardens & Sky Farms

Other links :

Chris Jacobs : Vertical Farm

Huffington Post : Vertical Farms : The Future Of Sustainable Farming

Hydroponics Experiment 1 : Making the Wick System

Instructions will be going on The DLF page here : http://digitallearningfoundation.org/content/our-window-farm-project

What is 3D Stereoscopic Visualisation

So what is Stereoscopic Visualisation? It is the way your brain expects to see things, with a left eye view and a right eye view, and from the minor differences that around 60mm of eye separation creates in these two views, the brain is able to calculate depth and therefore able to construct and understand the real world we experience every day. It is the difference between looking at a flat photograph or illustration of an object and feeling that you can reach out and touch the object itself.

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Realtime Interactive Stereoscopic Visualisation combines modern stereoscopic display technologies with a powerful computer that can handle huge amounts of data and allow it to be manipulated interactively in realtime. Until very recently the prohibitive costs and complexity of large scale, real time, interactive stereoscopic visualisation limited its use to multi-national companies like BP, Shell, BMW, Mercedes, Nokia or to some very fortunate University Computing Science or Research labs.... But times have now changed, a standard consumer computer based system can not only compete, but blow away, those big systems of only last year. And with a complete system costing only a little more than a whiteboard installation it is now possible for schools to gain the very real benefits that stereo visualisation brings.
 
“Space, the solar system and beyond” is the first traveling school show that takes realtime interactive stereoscopic visualisation into the school. A half hour program that promotes understanding of complex and abstract concepts, motivates research and self learning, and was voted the best thing they did in the whole year by the children that have taken part..... and this is just the beginning. Our aim is to show how this technology really makes a difference, it is not just wow, and can promote learning and understanding across a wide range of potential subjects including Environmental Science, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art and Design. And, it is not just for shows, the technology is inherently interactive and this is how it should be used as a tool that enables exploration and discovery in an immersive environment. The first stage of this is our Discovery Workshops where the students, research and discover in the 3D environment and then create their own stereoscopic presentation. The Western Australia Cornish Miners Heritage Project and The Space Workshop are examples of this. We are also seeking funding for the development of the "Immersive Learning Environment"...but more of this later...
 
Contact us
If you or your school would like more information or to book one of our activities, our contact information is here. We will then contact you to discuss your requirements in more detail.
 

new school projects

New Shows in Development Now:

Bring them back ALIVE! 
Target: Primary/Secondary School. P7-S2
Funding Status: Approved. Development started.
Funder/s: Wellcome Trust 
Type: A 3D stereo show and workshop 

LHC 3D 
Target: Secondary School 
Funding Status: Approved.
Funder/s: STFC 
Type: A 3D show

Shows Planned Awaiting Funding:

The following shows are currently awaiting confirmation of their funding, we are looking for partners who :

* would like to contribute funding

* would like to contribute data, images

* would like to be involved in the development planning stage

* are interested in hosting early trials

 

Living & Working in Ancient Egypt 
Target: P4-P7
Funding Status: Partners sought - application in preparation
Type: A 3D show and workshop

Earth, Weather and Climate Change
Target: P4-P7, S1-S6 and General Public
Funding Status: Partners sought - application in preparation
Type: A 3D show and workshop

Cornish 3D Diaspora Discovery Workshops
Target: Primary, Secondary School, Museums
Funding Status: application in preparation
Type: A 3D show and collaborative workshops

Cell: Within the Skin
Target: P4-P7, S1-S6 and General Public
Funding Status: application in preparation
Type: A 3D show and workshop

FilmSchool: Primary Challenge 
Target: P4-P7
Funding Status: Sponsors sought
Type: Enterprise and Digital Media Challenge

FilmSchool: Primers
Target: P4-P7 Teachers
Funding Status: Sponsors sought
Type: Teacher introduction