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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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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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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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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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