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CLIP 13459

How is steel made?

How is steel made?

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Key Info
  • How is steel made?
  • Duration: 09:05
  • Curious Cat, an animated cat asks two children if they’d like to find out how biscuit tins are made. Curious Cat shows the children footage of iron ore being mined, before sending them off to a steel works. An expert shows them piles of rock in the raw materials yard and explains how a blast furnace works, by melting the iron ore into a liquid. The children observe the iron being turned into steel in a B.O.S. plant and finally the solid steel being rolled and shaped into coils. The guide then takes the children to a biscuit tin factory where they see the steel cut, printed and shaped into biscuit tins. The children take their own biscuit tins back to the classroom and tell Curious Cat all that they’ve learned.First broadcast on BBC Learning Zone in March 2012 as part of the series Curious Cat's Science.
  • Subject:



    Changing Materials: Irreversible Change

  • Keywords: metal, iron, iron ore, B.O.S, blast furnace, melting, rolling mills, molten, liquid metal, Curious Cat, metallic, material, tin, rocks, coal, limestone, coil, torpedoes, oxygen, furnace, oven, heat, hot, cutting, lids, coke, CuriousCatsScience
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful for learning about where metals and steel, in particular, come from. Useful for learning about materials and changes in materials and the application of science. Useful when studying solids and liquids.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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