IET Faraday Primary Resources

This collection provides lots of STEM challenges linked to science topics in the primary curriculum. Many support learning skills in D&T and can be run as a project. The challenge days support teachers in running their own Aerospace engineers or Lighthouse keeper transfer challenge day with children. They can be used to enhance the curriculum as children need to apply existing knowledge of electrical circuits, forces, design and construction in an integrated project.

Although the challenges are designed to be delivered across one day they can also be split into smaller parts and used over several weeks or within a STEM club.

These resources have been provided by the IET, (Institution of Engineering and Technology).


Safe cracker

In this STEM activity, pupils will solve three addition and subtraction problems, with the answers giving the digits needed to crack the code to a safe. This activity allows pupils to further their abilities to add and subtract numbers with up to three numbers mentally and using formal columnar methods and to solve...

Shape up!

In this STEM activity, pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of 3D shapes. Pupils will have the opportunity to cut out 2D nets for a cube, cylinder and octahedron and fold them into their corresponding 3D shapes. From these models they will count the number of edges, vertices and faces on each shape...

Reverse writing

This STEM activity teaches learners about the reflection of light in a mirror, by giving pupils the opportunity to use reverse writing to see how words change when reflected in a mirror and then make notes on this. This activity could be used as a starter or main activity to introduce concepts of light and build on...

3D shapes from 2D drawings

Nets are used to make almost all forms of card packaging, ranging from simple cereal boxes to display boxes with clear polymer ‘windows’, to display stands. In this activity children consider how 3D packaging may be made from a 2D net, then make card models of a pyramid and a cube from nets. They may combine...


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