Top 5 longer engineering activities
Check out the STEM Learning teams’ top 5 longer engineering activities for the design and technology classroom!
Links and Resources
What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how can it help firefighting in the future?
These extended five-hour activities support students to further their work on the Internet of Things, with a focus on computing, science, design and technology and maths. The five-hour activities can be used by students to gain a CREST Discovery award.
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).
This DIY Faraday Challenge asks students to work in teams to design and construct a rocket that will transport supplies via Earth orbit to the astronauts on Mars and to build a system to transport the rocket to the launch site on Earth.
The challenge is designed to be delivered over a full day and the resource provides introduction videos, resources for students and support for facilitators on how to use the activity.
Stop the spread highlights the global issue of infectious disease. Students investigate how diseases spread, design, build and test a model of a hand washing device and produce educational materials for children in Kenya to encourage hand washing. It is accredited for the British Science Association CREST Discovery Award and can used to enter the Youth Grand Challenges competitions. Resources include teacher guidelines, a student pack, a presentation, a video certificates and a poster.
This BP STEM Challenge supports students to investigate the best wing design for a remote controlled survey aircraft or drone.
The challenge asks students to think about how BP uses remote controlled aircraft to identify new oil reserves and inspect remote equipment. Students are asked to investigation how the shape of a wing effects wing performance, looking specifically at the forces on the wing during flight, balance, shape and creating an efficient wing.
This challenge was developed as part of the Ultimate STEM Challenge 2016/2017. You may wish to remove the slides from the presentation that reference the challenge as entries have now closed.