Changing world

Celebrating British Science Week in design and technology

British Science Week is taking place from 10-19 March 2017, is your design and technology department joining in the celebrations?

This year’s theme is change and aims to encourage young people to think about and investigate the changes happening around the globe.

From seasons and climate, to...

Mathematics: an important ingredient in the new design and technology qualifications

For those teaching the new design and technology and engineering specifications from September 2017, one of the most interesting changes to the examined content is the increased focus on mathematics knowledge. 

How would you or your students fare with the following question?

A water feature is made from...

Top six resources for primary teachers over Christmas

It’s that time of year again and as we hurtle towards the end of term, I have put together a few ideas to support learning in primary mathematics, science and design and technology in the run-up to Christmas:

1. Plan a class party

In this problem solving activity, children choose and carry out a range of...

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Technology, Design and Innovation Challenge: your chance to win £1,000

Have you got a key stage 4 or 5 student who has a brilliant idea for a design and technology or engineering project? Are you running a group that is creating an innovative solution to a problem?If so, The Manufacturing Technologies Association is looking for innovative design and technology and engineering ideas to celebrate the creativity and...

The importance of food security and how it can be brought into the classroom

Food security exists when all people have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs for an active and healthy life.The term ‘food security’ is being used more frequently in recent years, with the Government putting greater emphasis on its importance.With an ever increasing population, it is...

Designers using their talent to help refugees

The finalists of this year’s What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge may have been announced, but there are still some brilliant resources that can be used for you to run a similar challenge with your own students.“Nearly 40,000 people a day are forced to leave their homes because of conflict and persecution. Among them are nearly 21.3 million...

Make scientific research history by taking part in the Big Food Survey

Written by: Cerys Griffiths, Executive producer at BBC LearningAlmost 800,000 BBC micro:bits have now been delivered to secondary schools across the UK and we know that already students are using them for some really exciting projects. And early research we’ve commissioned shows that when students start to use them it can have a really big impact...

Who is your design and technology hero?

What are the products that have changed our lives? What are the technologies that have had the greatest impacts on society and industry?If you have an answer to any of those questions, support the Design and Technology Heroes campaign by using #DandTHeroes and sending a picture of your person, product or object to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook....

Online design and technology CPD for the summer

For anyone with a spare few minutes over the summer, here are some free online courses that the design and technology STEM Learning team are planning to try out. Why not join us?Innovation: the fashion industryThis CPD is designed by the University of Leeds, in partnership with Marks and Spencer. Discover how M&S drives innovation, bringing...

Design for a better world: get involved in Practical Action’s latest design challenge

Design for a better world is Practical Action’s latest global design challenge and competition for students aged 11-14 years.The challenge offer students the opportunity to: enter their work into a design competitionaccess a range of global contexts including water and sanitation, food security and climate actionexplore a range of...

Free food science summer school for Year 12 students

In June and July this year, Year 12 students have the opportunity to attend free food science courses at four different sites around the country.Each course is a two to three day residential, giving students the opportunity to get a taste of university life at the same time as discovering more about the food industry. “Food science...

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