In this activity, students watch video clips of IRL research scientist Dr Nick Strickland talking about superconductivity and the Meissner effect and then answer a series of questions and solve some simple electrical problems related to the content.

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

  • describe the Meissner effect
  • explain in simple terms how the Meissner effect comes about
  • give meanings for the terms ‘electrical resistance’, ‘electric current’, ‘voltage’ and ‘magnetic field’
  • state some of the uses the Meissner effect has been put to.

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