This list of resources supports engineering and Design and Technology at primary level.
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This collection contains ten ENGINEER primary school units developed to support science learning within the context of a wide range of engineering design challenges. Each unit features a different science area and engineering field and requires only inexpensive materials in order to support science exploration and problem-solving design.
This hands-on enquiry-based workshop enables children to explore renewable energy solutions in the developing world with a focus on wind turbines. The main activity focuses on wind power and how it specifically can help solve the lack of electricity in rural communities around the world. Children are asked to think about appliances which use electricity and where electricity comes from. They then go on to build their own wind turbine blades out of everyday objects in the role of engineers working in a specific country using the resources available to them.
This activity looks at water consumption on a local and global scale. Students learn about the main water contaminants and various methods of purification and the role of engineers and their approach to design challenges. They work in teams to build a water filter.
This resource aimed at primary learners, links to electricity, design and technology and aspects of literacy. Children learn about motors and how many objects use electricity to improve their usefulness. Looking at a variety of objects they compare their features and then take on the role of an entrepreneur and invent something which makes life easier for someone. They then pitch their concept to investors, devise an advert and use persuasive argument to convince others of the technological benefits of their inventions.
Aimed at primary level, the activities within this pack demonstrate key ideas and concepts used in designing and constructing buildings such as: how levers and pulleys work, the properties of materials and the forces involved in different structures. Activities include: making a lever to lift a grown up, making plastic from milk, building bridges and making a tower out of spaghetti.
This resource, aimed at Key Stage Two, contains five design and technology projects that focus on bicycles. Providing many cross curricular links and opportunities to develop thinking skills, children are asked to: consider the needs of the rider, carry out research, communicate ideas, solve problems, work collaboratively and evaluate designs in light of the design brief.
Produced by Practical Action, these materials look at the provision of sustainable housing. They describe different construction methods, such as mud, clay, iron and wood, as well as how to construct houses that are resistant to natural disasters like floods or earthquakes. The 'Getting Started' guide has teacher guidance on how to link the projects with the CREST awards scheme from the British Science Association.
This activity, from The Welding Institute, gives students the opportunity to build structures made from chocolate. In the example given, a box-section is compared with a flat plank of chocolate, to see which is the strongest when spanning a gap. The structures are readily related to the context of bridge-building. The activity is simple and can be used to demonstrate ideas such as the strength of structures, welding, melting, reversible change, strength testing and the properties of materials.
The RA3 project aims to bring parents together with their children and teachers to explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering and maths.
This investigation helps to develop an awareness of green power by designing and making a new fairground ride which is self-powered. The activity will help adults and children to learn about sustainable energy and its importance in the community and wider world. In completing the activity, both will develop their confidence and the ability to feel at ease when working together
A range of materials, designed by BLOODHOUND SSC, to support the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Key Stage Two. Topics include forces, motion, speed and resistance.