From the Centre for Science Education

These resources suggest a range of activities that can be used to illustrate different aspects of STEM professions.

They were developed by the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University and Babcock for the former Department for Children, Schools and Families as part of the initiative to promote subject choice and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Activities include:

* Carbon Footprints - data handling and sustainability
* Packaging Design - teamwork and design skills
* Taking a Risk - calculating probability as an actuary
* Working Internationally - the importance of time-zones when working in a multinational company
* Top Trumps - reflecting on skills of individuals in various careers

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Carbon Footprints

In this activity from the Department for Education students work with statistical information to communicate key ideas connected to reducing climate change. Students look at the carbon footprint of the average UK citizen, consider how different spheres of activity contribute to this footprint and examine ways this...

Packaging Design

This resource from the Department for Education develops the 3-D thinking required to move between solid objects and their 2-D nets. The activities are placed in the context of packaging. Students flatten out a packaging box to show the flat 2-D 'net' that made up the whole pack and investigate how the net could be...

Taking a Risk

This resource from the Department for Education is designed to use and apply the uncertain and difficult nature of probability calculations in the real world through the work of an actuarial trainee. Students are provided with data on sea piracy, and use this to calculate the annual cost of piracy to the shipping...

Working Internationally

This resource from the Department for Education is designed to help students to understand the relative nature of time, and how this affects working in an international environment.

Students are required to record the time in different time zones on the provided worksheet. They then consider some of the...

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