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Material Science


This resource allows teachers to create a Materials Trail within their own school to help young students explore the common materials that make up their environment.

The trails are created by fixing QR codes to different materials so that small groups of students, armed with an Ipad can find out about designated materials and answer a few simple questions. The trials can be created at two levels of understanding.

On completion of a trail students can take a test on the terminology and print out their own certificate that will contain their score.

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PSTT advises teachers to refer to either the CLEAPSS website or SSERC website for up to date health and safety information when planning practical activities for children.

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