In this activity, students listen to a podcast of IRL superconductivity scientist Bob Buckley talking about this work and then answer a series of graded questions related to the content.

By the end of this activity students should be able to:

  • define the term superconductivity
  • give at least 5 applications for superconductive wires/cables
  • list 2 advantages and 2 disadvantages superconductive wires have over conventional copper wire
  • briefly explain how superconductive cables are fabricated
  • describe why the term ‘high temperature’ is used in a relative way.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • instructions on what you need and what to do
  • student worksheet.
    Published 27 April 2010