is a rather awesome online resource bank containing hundreds of free educational programmes for use in schools.
...or at least it was, until the Government cut it's funding :|. It shuts down permanently this Friday
, 29th. So, I've spent much of today downloading everything and anything I might use for my teaching. Whilst doing so, I was lucky enough to find this gem, that sadly isn't downloadable, but only streamable. If anyone can
download it and let me have a copy, I'd be eternally grateful...
Anyway, it's a 25m Physics GCSE programme about roller coasters, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it stars Mr. Wardley himself. It talks about the whole design process for roller coasters, using Colossus at Thorpe as its main example.
Particularly interesting is that there's a fair bit of talk about how Wardley works with, in this case, Intamin. That's something I've never quite understood, i.e. between Wardley/Holland/etc. and the manufacturer, who does the actual designing?
We also get some nice clips of Colossus being built, we get a look at it's PLCs, and also at some of it's safety features (nothing new to us, but interesting, particularly why the station track is heated).
All in all, I'd very much recommend a watch, but remember, thanks to our stunningly awesome government, it's only available until this Friday 29th April
.GCSEase: Real Science - Roller Coaster, on Teachers TV
As said, if anyone can download this for me, I'd be eternally grateful, as I've tried my usual tricks for grabbing FLVs but they haven't worked.
(Also, if any teachers on here have access to Channel 4's Clip Bank, which sadly I don't, I think it's in there...)