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Saving lives at sea

RNLI lifeboat systems engineer, Rhodri Lewis, saves lives at sea through engineering. In this video he talks about his job in the RNLI and the journey that he took to become an engineer.

Programming for dementia

Severin Skillman develops software applications and systems to help dementia patients. In this video he talks about his work with the UK Dementia Research Institute, working to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia in their own home and to delay the disease progression.

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,...

Design for a better world

Design for a better world is a design challenge for students aged 11-14 years. It offers students the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the global goals for sustainable development.
  • Access a range of global contexts including water and sanitation, food security and climate action in which to...

Making Circuits

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Build simple circuits from pictures or demonstrations.
  • Identify components from their circuit symbols, and draw the circuit symbol for common components.       
  • Identify...

Water and sanitation - technical briefs

These technical briefs focus on low cost approaches to accessing clean water and sanitation. This is vital to health and well being and low costs are particularly important to poorer communities in the developing world.

Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are freely available to...

Marvellous Microbes!

This film shows how food waste in Bangladesh is used to provide a source of energy. The conditions needed for anaerobic digestion, including temperature, pH, and oxygen levels. The biogas produced is used as a fuel for cooking and the digested food is used as a fertilizer.


Produced by Practical Action, these materials contain ideas and support for students undertaking a CREST award. There are stimulus materials that help students look at an issue of sustainable development. These materials look at sustainable transport. In Nepal, the building of ropeways that allow people and farmers...

Floating Garden STEM challenge

This challenge, from Practical Action, requires students to design and build a model structure that will enable farmers to grow crops even in an area that may become flooded. A floating garden, built on a base of aquatic weeds, is a low cost and sustainable way of allowing people to grow vegetables. The resource...

Disaster Response: How do Engineers Save Lives?

This suite of student activities, challenges and related resources aims to give students an insight into the roles of engineers following a natural disaster.

The short introductory activities increase students’ awareness of the range of types of natural disaster and the kinds of problems associated with them...


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