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The Safety Deposit Vault

This is an exercise with complex spreadsheets and mail-merged documents. It is based on an actual implementation in a vaut with over 1500 boxes of different sizes.

The simplified example uses nine boxes of three different sizes, each has the price for annual box rental.

Also recorded are the renters'...

Fan or Turbine Efficiency

A practical challenge for pupils based on a Design Council finalist project carried out by a 17 year-old.

The project includes the need for the pupils to provide a full report on their work.

 

Futurecade

Futurecade is an innovative interactive suite of games from the Science Museum that allows students to explore how science and technology impacts on their everyday lives. Futurecade’s four games are inspired by current and future technology in the fields of robotics, satellites and space junk, geo-engineering and...

Moja Island Renewable Energy Engineering

From Practical Action, this 1-2 hour class activity uses the supply of energy for an island community to help students to understand renewable energy options.

Power for the World - Secondary Resources

This hands-on enquiry-based workshop enables students to explore renewable energy solutions in the developing world with a focus on wind turbines. Aimed at secondary students the main activity focuses on wind power and how it specifically can help solve the lack of electricity in rural communities around the world...

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.

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Aluminium

A Catalyst article about aluminium, a shiny silvery metal, which is extracted from its ore by electrolysis. Further addition of other metallic elements results in an alloy, which can be cast into various shapes using moulds. The article looks at the processes of extraction, casting, patterns, moulds and finishing...

Printing in Three Dimensions

This Catalyst article looks at 3D printing, a new technology which is rapidly finding applications. Although probably too slow for mass production it is useful for producing prototypes and tailor-made items. In a 3D printer, layers of polymer beads are printed one on top of the other. Heat melts the polymer beads...

3D Clock

This resource from Boxford describes the use of SolidWorks CAD software and industry partnerships to develop a 3D clock project targeted at teenagers. It contains two articles written for D&T Practice and sample CAD drawings. Clocking On 1 introduces the challenge set for students and the design process that...

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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