Key stage three resources

The story of the Siemens brothers, and their involvement in the invention and development of innovative and ground breaking technology, provides the stimulus for these four sets of resources designed for KS3 learners. These modules of complimentary resources each include six different activities using real-world examples of technology, engineering and manufacturing. Featuring videos, films and challenging competitive tasks most suitable for longer term projects or a STEM Club setting. Comprehensive teacher notes with links to additional learning opportunities and events associated with STEM learning frameworks and calendar are included alongside detailed curated lesson plans and worksheets.

Two of the modules focus upon how the energy and power we generate shape the way we live now and how it can alter the way we live in the future. The other two resources focus on existing and future transportation and manufacturing systems.

Topics covered:

Module 3: Energy for thrills – analysing the concept of energy transfer can enable us to understand how everything from roller coasters to double decker buses operate.

Module 4: Power to the people – considers how the quality of our lives depends upon a reliable and cheap supply of energy and how this can be achieved without damaging the environment.

Module 5: Getting around – examines transport systems and how essential they are to modern life but the careful planning and operation required for them to be fit for purpose. 

Module 6: Building the things we need – looks at manufacturing skills and how they provide the products needed including jobs and new skill development.  Manufacturing uses scientific ideas, logical thinking and an understanding of the wider world.


Module 3: Energy for Thrills (overview)

This resource gives KS3 physics learners the opportunity to learn or further develop their understanding of energy changes, generation, and storage in various scenarios. The activities include designing and manufacturing structures and analysing data.

  • A series of activities are based on the challenge...

Module 4: Power to the People (overview)

The key ideas contained in this resource involve getting pupils thinking about how we get the power we need to support the wide variety of functions we have come to rely upon. Some of these activities focus upon specific technologies and how they work and others look at how an overall power supply system can be...

Module 5: Getting around (overview)

The key idea with these activities is to get students thinking about the challenges associated with organising transport. They will have first- hand experience of issues relating to transport, whether in terms of convenience, cost or reliability but here they look at wider issues such as impact on the environment....

Module 6: Building the things we need (overview)

The key idea with these activities is to get students thinking about efficient ways of doing things. This starts off with simple examples such as getting ready to come out of the house in the morning and then extends to more complex contexts such as how to organise the assembly of motor cars in response to orders....

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