Age range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D&T
  • Physics

Mobile phone technology

The science behind communication technology

From founding communications, such as the fire beacon, to being able to communicate with space, there is no denying that developments in communication have advanced at a rapid speed. This topic presents students with communications of the past, present and future, helping them to understand the principles that form the basis for these developments.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

An engaging activity introducing students to the science behind communication technology, giving them an understanding of some of the vocabulary and concepts used.


The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Activity

Activity overview

Mobile phone technology activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links.

Handout

Handout

1G, 2G, 3G, 4G - student handout explaining mobile phone technology.

Podcast

Audio

Mobile phones - Podcast produced by Fun Kids Radio as part of the Techno Mum series, which aims to explain the technology behind mobile phones.

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