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Published: 03/08/2016
KS3 KS4 | Biology | Chemistry | Physics
254 pages

AQA Introduction to GCSE Science: Biomimicry

This resource is a collection of teaching ideas and student-facing resources (all of which were specifically commissioned), on the overarching theme of Biomimicry. Biomimicry was chosen as it's an exciting area of research that extends across scientific disciplines using inspiration from nature to help scientists solve contemporary problems. The pack aims to bridge the gap between what students will have studied at KS3 (e.g. energy transfer, chemical reactions and photosynthesis) and areas studied at GCSE (e.g. nanotechnology, nerve impulses and forces).        AQA (cross-site)
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AQA Introduction to GCSE Science: Biomimicry
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W6L3 A new look at wood
Students compare and contrast the properties of wood, concrete  … read more
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W6L2 Artificial photosynthesis 2
Continuing from the previous lesson students can use their c  … read more
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W6L1 Artificial photosynthesis 1
The first of two lessons that look a the potential of artificial  … read more
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W5L3 Silk moths and chitin
Scientists are looking for alternative polymers to non-biodegradable  … read more
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W5L2 Wind turbine blades
Bumpy or smooth – which type of surface would make the best wind  … read more
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W5L1 The Bombardier beetle
The starter activity provides the opportunity to discuss well  … read more
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W4L3 Tardigrades and vaccines
Investigate tardigrades and their extremophile existence. Explore  … read more
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W4L2 Mussel adhesive
Using mussels as a starting point explore the adhesive properties  … read more
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W4L1 Neural networks
A pen and paper free lesson in which the class builds a neural  … read more
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W3L3 Freshwater in deserts
Continuing the freshwater theme, explore the solution the Namib  … read more
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W3L2 Desalination
In this lesson students explore the water cycle and how fresh  … read more
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W3L1 Spiny-headed worms and skin grafts
How have spiny-headed worms influenced the design of skin grafts?  … read more
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W2L3 What's special about a lotus leaf?
Use the practical activity to explore the hydrophobic qualities  … read more
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W2L2 What can we learn from termite mounds?
Explore energy transfer by conduction, convection and radiation  … read more
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W2L1 Things that glow in the dark
Bioluminescence has inspired various products and is used to  … read more
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W1L3 Developments in microscopy
This lesson explores the development of microscopes as technology  … read more
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W1L2 Nanotechnology
Focus on the very big and the very small with the starter 'Powers  … read more
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W1L1 Introduction to biomimicry
Introduce the many ways in which science is looking to biological  … read more
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1.2 Nanotechnology
Three interactives for the starter activity 'Large and small  … read more
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3.2 Desalination
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4.2 Mussel adhesive
The lesson explores the properties of glue through the ability  … read more
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5.3 Silk moths and chitin
The lesson contains activities in which students compare the  … read more
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