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Age Range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D&T
  • Physics

New tech vs old tech

Compare developments in communications technology

Living in a highly technological world, where access to information and entertainment is at our fingertips, the Inform and Entertain Me topic is a gateway to engage and introduce students to the principles and technology that form the basis for communication devices that are used in our everyday lives and learnt as part of KS3 waves.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

This engaging physics activity allows students to compare old and new technologies to experience how significant the advances in technology have been. The nature of microwaves is introduced, and students learn about their part in a cell phone system. This KS3 waves topic is also relevant for KS4 electromagnetism and examines the properties of waves and electromagnetic radiation. What is electromagnetism? Explore with your students and download the free KS3 physics resources below. 

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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