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Less is more!

This resource gets students to look at how a product could be redesigned to require less packaging. Companies are being encouraged to develop ‘environmentally-smart’ retail packaging design. In this activity, students are challenged to redesign a familiar product so that it has less (and more sustainable) packaging....
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2000 - 2009

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Stephanie Kwolek - Polymer Chemist

Stephanie Kwolek invented the tough polymer Kevlar, used in protective clothing and developed a method for demonstrating the production of nylon in the classroom which is still used today.The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1.Catalyst is a science magazine for students...
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QTC - Making the Most of a Novel Material

A Catalyst article about Quantum Tunnelling Composite, a material discovered in 1997 and whose resistance decreases dramatically under pressure. How does it work and what uses will it have? The material has been carefully characterised (to understand its composition and how it works), and its first applications have...
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2000 - 2009

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Using shape memory alloys

A Catalyst article describing the use of smart materials to help people with disabilities. Many more people with physical and mental disabilities are leading independent lives at home, thanks in part to recent technological developments. The article focuses on one project which makes use of smart materials to help...
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2000 - 2009

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STEM learning secondary and FE magazine: summer 2018

This issue of magazine includes the following articles:Preparing BTEC students for university by Adrian GreenallFuture careers in magic by Dave GibbsWhat does a good science scheme of learning look like? by Mark LangleyExploring our universe by Tom LyonsMoving into leadership by Karen CurzonWhy is it a challenge...
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STEM learning secondary and FE magazine: spring 2018

This issue of the magazine includes the following articles:Have your Pi and eat it too by Michael AndersonBananas are big business by Ed WalshThe E in STEM by Gill Collinson and Gemma TaylorCelebrating International Darwin Day by Simon QuinnellApplying learning in science practicals by Mark LangleyZombies,...
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Satellite Telemetry Interpretation

As part of the FUNcube STEM satellite outreach programme we have developer a student and teachers pack showing how to interpret rea data from graphs.These can be found at: https://funcube.org.uk/education-outreach/
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14 March 2018

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Reusing textiles: waste to wear

In this activity, from Practical Action, students are challenged to design and make a good quality textiles product from some throwaway textiles collected from home or bought from a charity shop. Further resources are available from the Practical Action’s Sustainable Design and Technology database.
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2000 - 2009

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Fair trade textiles

From Practical Action, these materials help students to look at Fair Trade and sustainable development. It poses the question: Is there any way in which the London Olympics in 2012 and future Olympics can contribute to making the world a fairer, more sustainable place?
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2000 - 2009

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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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2010 to date

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