This resource is a set of instructions for groups of six students to make a working umbrella mechanism out of simple materials. It is a completely practical activity with no formal maths content but it is very useful for linking the students’ work on deployable structures to a real piece of engineering that they can work with themselves.

The following equipment is required for this activity: 12 coffee stirrers, card, sticky tape, a craft knife and cutting mat.

Page 6 of the teachers’ notes gives full details about using this activity.

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