Chemistry KS3 & GCSE: The Invention of Carbon Fibre

Mark Miodownik describes the invention of carbon fibre composite by engineers at a Royal Aircraft Establishment in 1963.

He visits the Williams Formula 1 team headquarters to see how they have put this material to use in motor sport, before testing the properties of carbon fibre against metal.

This clip is from Materials: How They Work.

Teacher Notes

Cross curricular projects could be instigated using this resource.

Students could research additional uses of carbon fibre and could even link into a product design lesson, where they build an item using carbon fibre.

Or they could compare similar items that are made of two different materials, explaining why one is chosen over the other.

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching Chemistry at KS3 and GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland. The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.

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