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Which material and why

This is one of a set of resources produced in conjunction with the engineering company Arconic. The resources are designed to support teaching of key engineering concepts at both key stage 3 and key stage 4, including the new GCSE in Engineering. This resource focusses on selecting appropriate materials for an...
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Metals

This resource includes 5 lessons on introducing students where metals come from, how they are processed and made usable. It also is aimed at teaching students how to identify ferrous, non-ferrous metals and alloys.End of topic quiz based for a whole class activity based on the skills and knowledge accumulated during...
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The Great British Space Dinner - Secondary Resource

The Great British Space Dinner Challenge contains nine lessons:Lesson 1: All Aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Sets the scene with a brief introduction the ISS and the Great British Space Dinner Challenge. Students develop a brochure about the ISS suitable for year 5 students.Lesson 2: Taking food into...
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Calculating area, volume and circumference

These worksheets support and challenge students to calculate area of simple shapes, the volume of a cube and the circumference of circles. Area calculations include squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. The final worksheet looks at using area and circumference equations to work out the key dimensions of...
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Plastic challenge

This resource contains a series of lessons which are designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of plastics and plastic waste on a global scale. Linking to materials and their properties, the environment, recycling and design and technology, they contain investigations and activities aimed at both...
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Gold award: compare the properties of different fabrics

In this project, students compare the properties of a range of fabrics made from different fibres. The fabrics could be woven or knitted and they could be made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool or synthetic fibres such as nylon. Students should investigate physical properties, such as strength, ...
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Understanding ergonomics and anthropometrics

This resource looks at measuring sizes of hands and presenting data.Suggested Learning Outcomes                 To understand what is meant by ergonomics and anthropometrics in design.To be able to give examples of ergonomic design and the...
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Testing a pulley system

In this resource students are asked to test the operation of pulley systems and calculating their mechanical advantage.Suggested learning outcomes include:To understand what is meant by mechanical advantage.To be able to calculate the mechanical advantage of pulley systems.To perform suitable tests on how a...
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Producing a treadle pump

This resource looks into making a prototype of a treadle pump. Suggested learning outcomes include:To be able to manufacture a working prototype of a treadle pump for people living in a remote village.To be able to select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for a manufacturing activity.To understand the...
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Modelling pulley systems

This resource investigates modelling and constructing pulley systems designed to lift loads.Suggested learning outcomes include:To be able to recognise and describe the main parts of a pulley system.To understand how a pulley system can reduce the effort needed to lift a load.To model and construct different types of...
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