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VEX IQ Robotics Project

This collection of lesson resources supports students to design and build using VEX IQ kits, whilst learning about VEX IQ parts, programming the controller and key engineering terminology (such as chain drive, friction, gear ratio, motors). The challenges and learning are based on a US STEM curriculum map,...

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06 March 2019

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Modelling a robot arm

In this activity students design and model a 3D robot arm. Robot arms are an example of a programmable system. They are used in a wide variety of industrial applications, ranging from loading machines to assembling cars, welding parts together and spray painting products. They are also used in applications such as...

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2010 to date

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Product analysis: impacts on people and the environment

This resource from Practical Action includes a presentation and worksheets which give Key Stage Three and Four students opportunities to understand more about the impact of existing and new products on people and the environment. The presentation is packed with useful activities to reinforce students' learning. The...

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2010 to date

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Designing a hoverboard

Magnetism is a key scientific phenomenon. Utilising this has allowed designers to create new and innovative products, such as fully working MAGLEV trains and hoverboards.

This resource focusses on designing a hoverboard that works using magnetism and magnetic field.

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2010 to date

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Keeping It Lean and Mean (14-16)

This resource, from Siemens, explores the characteristics of a production system and how to make it more efficient, and looks at the principles of ‘Lean’ and ‘Just in Time’ production. Firstly, students consider the various functions that a kitchen needs to fulfill and how these can be reflected in the design to...

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2010 to date

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Beat the Flood STEM challenge

In this resource, suitable for Key Stage Two to Three (age 7-14), students use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house. Activities to help them with their design include testing materials (for strength and absorbency) and structures. Set on a fictitious island coping with the...

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2010 to date

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Squashed tomato STEM challenge

This Practical Action resource presents a fun hands-on and brains-on challenge for Key Stages Two to Five.

The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local...

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2010 to date

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STEM and STEAM for Cartography

Mini Map Makers is creating a Poster for STEM and STEAM for Cartography. How Cartography interacts with the elements! 

This is working progress and a draft copy will be out soon!

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14 September 2017

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Bridge Breakdown

https://youtu.be/6aDgaTO_tvY

 

Here are the instructions for the 11th Challenge in the Series run by Team STEAM#99 (Fulford School York).

Wooden block size apporx.75x25x12mm. Each team given 54 blocks and 45min time limit...

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04 July 2017

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Flood Defence

Students work in teams to design and make a prototype device that can design and make a prototype of a simple device (to be sold in stores like B&Q) that will allow homeowners to remove water from their house during periods of flooding.

In this challenge the device will have to move 100ml of water from...

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2010 to date

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