Engineering Fairy Tales

This collection provides several engineering or D&T activities that are set in the context of popular Fairy Tales. Each activity finds a problem that a character in the story has and asks children to come up with an engineering solution for the problem. Children then work together in teams to design and make their solutions for the problem the characters have in each story. A reading of each Fairy Tale is provided in videos from real life engineers.

These activities are a great way of linking D&T at primary with learning in English. They have been developed by STEMFirst. The stories have been provided by BAE Systems, the Royal Navy, British Army and RAF.

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Cinderella

This resource provides an introductory video with a STEM Ambassador reading the story of Cinderella and a follow on activity for children to carry out. In this activity, children act as engineers in order to help Cinderella with a problem. She needs a device that will time 20 seconds. Children work in teams to...

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

This resource provides an introductory video with a STEM Ambassador reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and a follow-on activity for children to carry out. In the activity children think like engineers in order to help Goldilocks build a chair that seats ALL the bears at once. First children find...

Hansel and Gretel

This resource provides an introductory video with a STEM Ambassador reading the story of Hansel and Gretel and a follow-on activity for children to carry out. In the activity, linked to programming and D&T, children help Gretel escape and rescue Hansel from the witch by writing step by step directions to get...

Jack and the Beanstalk

This resource provides an introductory video with a STEM Ambassador reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and a follow-on activity for children to carry out. In the activity children act as engineers in order to help Jack get his egg down the beanstalk. They design and make their solutions then test them...

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