National Science Learning Network: STEM Case Studies

This collection includes ten case studies that link the world of engineering to Key Stage Three Science. The case studies help to link classroom learning with real-life science and engineering challenges. Each case study includes descriptions of the products being looked at, student activities and teacher guidance. The case studies include:

* Blu-Ray DVD Player (Sharp)
* Air Products
* Battery-powered lawnmower (Bosch)
* Popcorn polymer (BP)
* Oil rig risers (BP)
* The Mosquito
* The Paper Cup Company
* Acticoat (Smith & Nephew)
* Industrial hemp
* MRI scanning (Siemens)

The activities described in the case studies aim to illustrate an engaging way of teaching science, technology or engineering using real-life contexts. The set of case studies was funded by the Dulverton Trust.

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Blu-Ray DVD Player (Sharp)

A National STEM Learning Centre and Network Engineering Case Studies resource investigating the evolution of the Blu-Ray DVD player, starting with the invention of the laser in 1958. This is a science enquiry story of how these devices have evolved from the invention of the laser in 1958 to the high-tech blue laser...
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2000 - 2009

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Air Products

A National STEM Learning Centre and Network Engineering Case Studies resource investigating air products and how they can be used.How do you deliver the right amount of gas to a patient during an operation?A modern twist on a very old design is the answer. Air Products produce rotameters, which help the anaesthetist...
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2000 - 2009

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Battery-powered Lawnmower (Bosch)

A National STEM Learning Centre and Network Engineering Case Studies resource investigating battery powered lawnmowers and their potential environmental impact.Lawnmowers have come a long way since they were a mechanical cutter being pushed along by hand. A smart battery (like in your mobile phone) lets you roam free...
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2000 - 2009

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Popcorn Polymer (BP)

A National STEM Learning Centre and Network Engineering Case Studies resource investigating the production of oil and how oil reserves are located.If the oil reserves are running out, how can we get more out of what's still down there?Petroleum engineers have to flush out oil reserves using water, but often the water...
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2000 - 2009

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