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Build a Dome

Many structures are built around frameworks made of straight, rigid pieces of wood or metal, called members, connected together. Forces generated in the members support the structure. In this activity, drinking straws are used as members, to make a self-supporting dome.

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Spacecraft structures engineer

This video presents Abbie Hutty, a spacecraft structures engineer who currently works on the X Mars Rover mission. Abbie emphasises the fact that it is a very sociable career, as it requires working with specialists from different departments. Abbie...

This is Engineering: robot maker

This resource is an interview with Halvard - a robot maker.

"Halvard grew up in Norway surrounded by farms and playing with Lego. As a Robotics Engineer, he combines his love for nature and putting things together to create robots that will revolutionise farming.

As a child, Halvard loved the...

Sports Technologist

Chris Holmes is a sports technologist for sports equipment manufacturer Adidas. This Department for Education clip is useful in showing students how a career such as this relies on a background of STEM study. Chris describes how he specialises in the development of sports balls. His job is to investigate the best...

Innovation Consultant

Alan Cucknell's job consists of finding new and innovative ways to make their clients' products stand out from the crowd. This Department for Education clip exemplifies for students a less familiar STEM career route. Alan's company works with clients on their business and technical challenges....

Food Technology - Careers

A Catalyst article about careers in the food industry. The food and drink industries are part of a chain linking farming and growing through to food processing, manufacture and finally to the sale of food in supermarkets and restaurants. This article describes some of the many career areas in food technology...

Clare Nixon - Branch Manager

Produced by Bettys & Taylors, this interview with Clare Nixon, Branch Manager at Bettys, will give students an overview of her role and a good understanding of a typical day. The interview is presented as a series of short clips, in which Clare answers the questions below: 1. What is the role of...

Bryony Anderson - Marketing Analyst

Produced by Bettys & Taylors, this interview with Briony Anderson, Marketing Analyst at Bettys, will give students an overview of her role and a good understanding of the importance of market research in the food industry. The interview is presented as a series of short clips, in which Bryony...

Sara Edmund - Trainee Team Leader

Produced by Bettys & Taylors, this interview with Sara Edmund, Trainee Team Leader at Bettys, will give students an overview of her role and the skills she needs to do the job. The interview is presented as a series of short clips, in which Sara answers the questions below: 1. How did you come to work...

Richard Jones - Cookery School Manager

Produced by Bettys & Taylors, this interview with Richard Jones, Cookery School Manager at Bettys, will give students an overview of his role and a good understanding of a typical day. The interview is presented as a series of short clips, in which Richard answers the questions below: 1. Can you...

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