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Sewage tunnels

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), challenges students to use their mathematical skills to calculate the critical dimensions of the tunnel that will be built. It could also be taught in design and technology or engineering, with the emphasis on how the development will affect the quality of life and how it could be realised.

The activity challenges students to move beyond an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach to sewage as they use and develop their mathematical process skills within the real-world contexts presented. This activity provides a context for work on volume a cylinder, volume of a cone, area of a circle and surface area of a cone.

This resource is supported by a full set of activities in the Shifting Sewage collection and by the video Shifting Sewage.

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