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Buildings and fire safety

In this one hour activity, students evaluate the types of fire risks in different buildings.  In the context of a team which has been contracted by the local council to improve fire safety, each team picks a building type and produces advice for the council.

Cisco Little Big Futures

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting the unconnected, and it is growing rapidly. It uses sensor-equipped physical computing devices, connected through wired and wireless networks and the internet. The IoT has many uses, include the...

Delivery Guidance Handbook for STEM Ambassadors

This guide will help volunteers working in schools to effectively support Cisco Little Big Futures project work. It covers:

  • The curriculum context for STEM subjects in the age range 11-14
  • Information about how Little Big Futures can be integrated into STEM Clubs
  • Guidance for effective...

Fighting fires with the internet of things: Design and technology one hour activity

This one-hour lesson introduces the Internet of Things to students, through the context of fire fighting.

Students explore the user needs of a modern firefighter and how different Internet of Things technologies could improve their...

Introduction to computational thinking and the Internet of Things

This one-hour lesson examines the design of IoT algorithms, considering how individual devices execute algorithms as code, allowing them to work together. The key aims are to develop computational thinking while raising awareness of the potential for future careers and enterprise.

The lesson starts with the...

Introduction to fire detection with the Internet of Things

Within this one hour resource, students play the role of fire safety employees whose task is to find the most efficient placement for detectors. Students are given constraints within which they should work and a series of problems to solve leading to an algebraic solution to the problem.

The activity is...

Introduction to sensing fire with the Internet of Things

This one hour activity demonstrates how bimetallic strips work in smoke alarms.   Using the context of the Internet of Things and fire safety, students design, make, test and refine a sensor to detect heat and produce an electrical output that could be used to switch on a fire alarm.  This resource provides a...

Little big futures Computing


Programme code runs on individual devices and as cloud applications, with data sent to and from machines and humans alike. These introductory activities explore the design of algorithms that span the internet of things, and consider the hardware components...

What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how can it help firefighting in the future?

These activities explore how design can improve the equipment that fire fighters use, improving safety for both the general public and the fire fighters themselves.

The single-lesson one-hour activity requires no...

Little big futures Mathematics

This collection of mathematics teaching materials are designed to help students discover how the Internet of Things (IoT) can connect the everyday objects around us, while exploring a number of mathematical concepts.

Single-lesson one-hour activities, as well as more extended five-hour activities, are...


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