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Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Ceramics.

  • Minerals present in granite – Student Activity

    In this activity, students identify the main minerals present in granite and investigate some of their properties.

  • Measuring the specific gravity of quartz – Student Activity

    In this activity, students measure the specific gravity of a sample of the mineral quartz – another physical property of minerals that can be used in mineral identification.

  • Crystal systems – Student Activity

    In this activity, students investigate crystal shapes and crystal systems. Traditional ceramics are clay-based – clays have a mineral composition and minerals have a crystalline structure.

  • Investigating clay – Student Activity

    In this activity, students investigate some of the properties of clay such as moisture content, shrinkage and strength.

  • Bone minerals – Student Activity

    In this activity, students investigate how bone strength varies with its mineral content and the solubility of bone minerals in neutral and acidic solutions.

  • Bone strength – Student Activity

    In this activity, students create artificial bones made of paper to compare the relative strength of solid bones with hollow bones.

  • Superconductivity – Bob Buckley interview – Student Activity

    In this activity, students listen to a podcast of IRL superconductivity scientist Bob Buckley talking about this work and then answer a series of graded questions related to the content.

  • Meissner effect – Nick Strickland video clips – Student Activity

    In this activity, students watch video clips of IRL research scientist Dr Nick Strickland talking about superconductivity and the Meissner effect and then answer a series of questions and solve some simple electrical problems related to the content.

  • Sialons – Ian Brown video clips – Student Activity

    In this activity, students watch video clips of IRL research scientist Dr Ian Brown talking about sialons and then answer a series of graded questions related to the content.

  • Investigating temperature – Student Activity

    In this activity, students view the interactive ‘Temperature – the hot and cold’ and participate in a class discussion.

  • Liquid nitrogen demonstrations – Student Activity

    In this activity, students observe the teacher demonstrating changes in the properties of common substances when cooled with liquid nitrogen.