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James Dyson Foundation: Ideas Box

This resource aims to get students excited about engineering. Students begin by considering “What is a design engineer” and then embark on a design hunt in the classroom to find an everyday object that can be improved and redesigned.
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2010 to date

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Electronic circuits and components

This classroom presentation and worksheet describe to students a number of supports the teaching of electrical circuits and components. It looks at parallel and series circuits and provides an overview of a number of components (E.g. switch, thermistor, light dependent resistor, motor, LED, bulb, speaker, buzzer...
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2010 to date

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Design and make projects to teach mechanisms

Produced by the Technology Enhancement programme (TEP), these materials help students to understand, design and prototype mechanisms (including levers, gears and linkages). The resource also supports students to work through some of the mathematical concepts involved in calculating gear ratio.Students are...
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1990 - 1999

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Huff and Puff: Designing a Device for Measuring Exhalation Volume

This resource provides a cross-curricular design and technology project which links to work on the lungs and respiration. Children design and make a device to measure maximal exhalation volume. They also discover more about the work of biomedical engineers throughout the process. This resource was designed for use...
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2010 to date

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Product impacts: life cycle analysis

Produced by Practical Action, these materials help students to consider the impacts of a product through its whole life cycle. A presentation describes the concept of lifecycle analysis (LCA) and gives some examples. Students are then challenged to consider the life cycle of familiar products, from raw materials,...
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2010 to date

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Six R's

This resource from Practical Action helps students look at the 6Rs, their definitions and products which illustrate the 6Rs in action. These are: rethink, reuse, recycle, repair, reduce and refuse. Students look at the definitions carefully again and rank each of the Rs in terms of which contributes most and which...
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2000 - 2009

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Design abacus

From Practical Action, this resource is an eco-tool used to compare the sustainability of two products or design ideas.
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2000 - 2009

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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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The Paper Cup Company

A National STEM Learning Centre and Network Engineering Case Studies resource investigating the design process involved in developing a paper cup for manufacture.You wouldn't believe making a paper cup could be complicated, but there's a lot of science reasoning behind the product design.Your students can compete in...
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2000 - 2009

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Piezoelectric Product

In this activity, from the Institution of Engineering and technology, students work in groups to investigate how Piezoelectric materials can be used in a variety of different ways. For the development element of the project, students propose an innovative application for the Piezoelectric effect.The engineers behind...
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2010 to date

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