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25/07/2014

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Genius inventions

telescope

The activities in this pack explore some of the inventions and discoveries that have had a significant impact on the human race. Discussions and experiments will be complemented by Twig Science films and quizzes to give Key stage 3 and 4 pupils  (Levels 2 – 4 CfE) a thorough understanding of these scientific breakthroughs.

There are six activities featured in this pack:

  • Inventing the telescopetwig logo
  • Flying to the Moon
  • Invention of Nylon
  • Discovery of antibiotics
  • Discovery and use of electromagnets
  • Three inventions to save the Earth

These activities can be carried out individually or in small groups, either on a standalone basis or as part of a session. The key in every activity is to get students thinking about the invention or discovery and sharing their ideas.

When undertaking any of the activities in this pack, first read through the instruction sheet to familiarise yourself with the experiments. Check the resources list and ensure that everything required is available. Make sure that students understand the activity and the idea behind it. There are organisers’ notes at the end of each activity section that give information on equipment and science/ engineering principles.

Activities 4 and 5 have extension activities that can count towards a Crest Award.

 Genius inventions