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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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

CleverBooks Engineering and Space

CleverBooks Space, is a free mobile application empowered by Augmented Reality. It covers engineering and space interactive Augmented Reality tasks for primary and secondary level kids. It is designed to enhance interest and curiosity levels in STEM.

The areas covered: planets of the Solar system, space...

Hydrogen Powered Cars

As the need to find alternative cleaner forms of energy increases, scientists are looking to technologies, such as Hydrogen Fuel Cells (HFCs), as a power source for transportation.

This Catalyst article explains how hydrogen and oxygen gas can be used in a redox reaction to produce electricity, and the...

Cancer and biomedical engineering

This activity asks students to consider the biology of cancer, and to use the information they research to produce a document summarising their main points. Dr Eleanor Stride is developing a treatment for cancer that encloses cancer treating drugs in bubbles that can be directed by magnetic fields to the cancer...

Beeping Annoying

Worksheet produced for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018. Attendees built a simple 555 timer based circuit to produce a beep every 6 - 7 minutes.

Activity was carried out in two 2 hour sessions each with 10 attendees in each.

Covered basic soldering skills and tool usage. Each kit worked out a roughly...

Understanding aerodynamics

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 understanding aerodynamics and making a...

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