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Running Shoes

Loughborough University's sports engineers are using additive layer manufacturing or '3D printing' to help build personalised running spikes. Andrea Vinet is a research student at the Sports Technology Institute and has been looking at the manufacturing and human performance testing of running shoes. Her aim is...

SeaGen - Sea Generation Tidal Turbine

This is a graphical representation of how a tidal turbine generates power. Curriculum links include energy transfers, energy sources and electricity generation.

The Effects of Volcanic Ash on Aeroplane Engines - BBC News

This BBC news clip looks at why volcanic ash forced the grounding of all UK flights in 2010. Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, talks to the BBC News channel about the effects of volcanic ash on aeroplane engines.

Working in The Nuclear Industry

In this film, from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, two young engineers talk about their jobs in the nuclear industry, and explain how nuclear power is providing reliable, low-carbon energy for the UK.

Who Does What at Brompton?

This film introduces the range of jobs in the Brompton Bicycle factory, where there are 70 staff on the factory floor building and making parts for the bicycles and 40 support staff. The jobs highlighted in the film include the technical support manager, lean manufacturing manager, design manager, quality...

The Magic of Computer Science III

The third collection of magic tricks, from Paul Curzon and Peter McOwan, is entitled ‘magic meets mistakes, machines and medicine. The five card tricks contained make use of maths and computer science theory, and are used by real magicians.

Each trick includes magician’s instructions. The theory behind each...

The Cutting a Person in Half Trick

In the video Matt Parker presents the laziest cutting a person in half trick using a strip of paper. The strip of paper is used to create a Mobiüs loop which is then cut in half lengthways with surprising results. The ‘trick’ is then explained by exploring the properties of the Mobiüs loop. As a finalé Matt cuts...

Catalyst Volume 24 Issue 4: Full Magazine

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:

Catching a Comet

The Rosetta spacecraft is designed to catch up with, and explore, a comet.


STEM Case Study: Priestley College - (Engineering Education Scheme)

This case study describes how Priestley College promotes STEM subjects and careers to girls, through involvement in the Engineering Education Scheme (EES). The scheme, run by EDT, lasts six months and offers hands on experience for a group of four year twelve students who are studying maths and physics/chemistry....

The First Programmable System

In this activity students explore why a water clock was the world's first programmable system. Programmable systems are by no means a modern invention. Many regard the first to be Ktesibios's water clock, which was invented approximately 2250 years ago.

The aim of this activity is that students apply what...


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