Shifting Sewage

Through these resources, students investigate sewage tunnels that are being built under London and consider how society has changed over time, to identify the influences that have resulted in the needs for a new tunnel. Activities challenge students to use their mathematical skills to calculate critical dimensions in building tunnels.

The study of rocks can be made more relevant to the students by making a connection between the rocks they investigate in their science lessons and the rocks they would find in their local area. This will encourage the students to think about the implications that any potential large-scale tunnelling and boring work might have on the bedrock on which their town is built.

The resources could be used in teaching design and technology or engineering as well as science and mathematics, with the emphasis on how the development will affect the quality of life and how it could be realised.

 

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Expanding Populations

In this scheme of work from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), students investigate sewage tunnels that are being built under London. Within this activity, students will consider how society has changed over time, to identify the influences that have resulted in the needs for the new tunnel.

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Rocks Under Your Feet

This starter activity from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), provides a quick, engaging introduction to a lesson on the link between sewage and the underground tunnel system. Students identify from a geological survey map, the bedrock on which their town is built.

The study of rocks can be...

Sewage tunnels

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), challenges students to use their mathematical skills to calculate the critical dimensions of the tunnel that will be built. It could also be taught in design and technology or engineering, with the emphasis on how the development will affect...

How Much Waste?

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), challenges students to calculate the dimensions of an underground tunnel system. Students are encouraged to move beyond an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach to sewage as they use and develop their mathematical process skills within the real...

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