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Manufacturing - technical briefs

These technical briefs focus on manufacturing on a small-scale. It is an important livelihood for many people in the developing world and businesses are usually run by a family or a small group within the same community.Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are freely available to people in...
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Construction - technical briefs

These technical briefs look at the ways Practical Action have helped poor communities to make the best use of their own labour and to use locally produced building materials and techniques that they can afford and manage.Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are freely available to people...
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Transport - technical briefs

These technical briefs focus on ways to transport goods and people in a relatively low cost way. This is important to people in the developing world living in remote areas.  Technologies include cycle trailers, improved bicycles for load carrying, and aerial ropeways.Technical briefs are documents...
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Energy - technical briefs

These technical briefs focus on energy access as a key element in lifting people out of poverty. In remote locations small-scale renewable energy technologies that can be used include micro-hydro, solar, wind and biogas.Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are freely available to people in...
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Agriculture - technical briefs

These technical briefs look at agricultural production in many parts of the world, carried out on a small-scale by farmers. Relatively small improvements in agricultural practice can have a big impact on yield and dramatically improve the life of a farmer and their family.Technical briefs are documents produced by...
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Food - technical briefs

These technical briefs look at how to store and preserve food in a number of different ways. This is a vital part of food security and enables farmers to provide nutritious food for a longer period to feed their families and to provide an income.Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are...
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Global CREST challenges

Global CREST challenges are based around Practical Action’s work, which uses science and technology to address global issues such as energy, water and food.  They give students a real insight into how science and technology can be used to tackle challenges faced by communities in the developing world, and...
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EV3 Activities for the Busy Teacher

This sample of a teacher guide introduces basic robotics using Lego EV3 hardware and software – the activities are based upon a single robot model which can be constructed from the education core set.Students learn about basic movement of the robot rover in the context of space exploration.This context emphasises the...
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Robot Swarms

Together with related activities from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this resource allows students to investigate the wide range of sophisticated imaging technology available in modern hospitals, and to explore the latest ideas in search-and-rescue robotics.Students work in small teams to create...
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First steps in using BBC micro:bit for control and physical computing

Since the BBC micro:bit became commercially available last year there is much more information now available about how to access the many features which make the micro:bit such a powerful tool for cross-curricular STEM projects.  This guide is mainly concerned with how to create programs in the Microsoft PXT...
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