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Table Tennis Server

This DIY Faraday challenge asks students to work in teams to design and make a prototype device, which will serve tennis balls consistently across a table tennis table. The server must fit securely on the edge of the table and serve at least four balls accurately and precisely in the same position and allow the ball to be returned. This DIY Challenge Day resource was produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Flood Defence

This DIY Faraday challenges asks students to work in teams to design and make a prototype device that can design and make a prototype of a simple device (to be sold in stores like B&Q) that will allow homeowners to remove water from their house during periods of flooding. The device will have to move 100ml of water from one position to another to a height of 300mm. Students are awarded marks for the amount of water they successfully move within one minute.

This DIY Challenge Day resource was produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Auto arms

This is challenge three of the 2016-17 BP Ultimate STEM Challenge competition. BP uses remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) to inspect and maintain seabed equipment. These use hydraulic or motorised robot arms to grip and manipulate tools and controls. The challenge for students is to find the best design for a simple robot arm and gripper. 

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Design a new robot submarine

This activity explores how robot submarines are used to explore the oceans and how they use different systems including the use of air pressure to go underwater, in their work. Students will investigate the relationship between displacement of water using air; and how this can be used to control and maneuver a submarine craft from the surface to floor of the ocean.

This resource is part of the Polar Explorer Resource Collection:  https://www.stem.org.uk/polar-explorer-educational-resources

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Choosing the right composite material

Taking inspiration from the Born to Engineer video from Nina Parsons, a young engineer who has combined her love of motorsport with a career in composite design, this resource supports students to increase their understanding of composites in a motorsport setting. Students will learn about different composites, with a specific focus on carbon fibre, Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP), Kevlar and concrete, and perform compression and load tests on a sample of chocolate composites.

publication year
2020 to date

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