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Our Ingenious Engineers

The attached teaching notes have been written to support the following Science and Engineering Show: https://www.science2life.com/shows/irelands-ingenious-engineers-show/

Gravity - STEM Resources

Here is a suite of downloadable resources to inspire pupils or support teachers using the concepts and technology behind the innovative Gravity Jet Suit.

JambleD&T Vinyl Amplifier SoW

This Product Design project is based on the work of London designer, Paul Cocksedge. Pupils manufacture a stretched Vinyl record, a stand, brand logo and a carry case. The project has been developed further using electronics using the stretched record as a cone surrounding a bluetooth speaker and using LED lighting...

Design & Technology in Engineering Lesson Slides

Example of a lesson that can be used to show Design and Technology students how their school work can be related to working in the engineering industry, and to encourage them to follow a STEM career path using the skills that they have developed in the classroom. The presentation takes material from STEM Ambassador...

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,...

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...

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...

Biomimicry inspired concepts for transport

This resource was developed by a STEM Ambassador, working with St Bonaventure’s School. It looks at how the natural world has inspired design. Student research and developed ideas for their biomimicry-based modes of transport, and modelled them.
Students then presented their ideas and models, explaining how...

Women in Science - a historical perspective

This is an article which I wrote and was published by the Royal Society of Chemistry on their website. It addresses gender equality by describing the amazing achievements of women who pursued careers in science despite many obstacles which they had to overcome.

My article challenges the stereotype that...

Careers in Operational Research (O.R.)

These videos, produced by the O.R Society, aim to explain what Operational Research (O.R.) is through a wide range of case studies and can be used to highlight ‘real-life’ applications of mathematics. The videos can also be used to help make career choices as they demonstrate the variety and type of work that...

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