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Make it Move: Electric Racer

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students build an electric racer powered by a super-capacitor. Students must construct the racer and choose which pulley ratio will enable it to cover the greatest distance.

Students decide on the pulley ratio following observations...

Make It Move: Muscle Wire Actuator

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students construct a lever that is moved by muscle wire. This is a conductor that contracts when an electric current is passed through it. The wire movement controls a lever.

Students are asked to consider:

* What are the...

Make It Move: Rotating Arm Actuator

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students make a rotating arm actuator. This uses a geared dc motor to turn a friction fit arm. Two cams can be set at different angles to operate limit switches to control the movement of the arm.

Power is fed to the motor using an...

Careers

This series of videos from Teachers TV looks at the kind of skills needed to work in STEM professions, examines the careers available and includes advice from research scientists, engineers and project managers.

Science
A science teacher uses a range of...

Textiles themed design challenges

This resource provides mini challenges based on the designing process. With textiles as the core theme, students are set mini challenges that ask them to create design briefs, understand client needs, generate ideas, communicate their ideas and evaluate their ideas.

Graphics Products

A Nuffield design hexagon task focusing on a range of graphics products. The resource aims to extend understanding of how to evaluate a design by thinking how it affects people and whether it performs as expected. This resource contains a number of activities for each side of the design hexagon (student pages and...

F1 R-type

This resource from Boxford describes the manufacturing of an R-type car for the F1 in Schools competition. It includes exemplar CAD files for the balsa block from which the car is made and a variety of jigs. The material constraints for the design are described. Detailed step-by-step instructions, with supporting...

Machining the F1 Car

This video from Boxford demonstrates CNC machining of an F1 car. The full designing and making process is shown from a CAD design through to a finished product. Firstly the product is designed in a 3D modelling CAD package such as Pro/Desktop. It is then exported in STL format and file is processed. The routing...

F1 D-type

This resource from Boxford describes the manufacturing of a D-type (Bloodhound challenge) car for the F1 in Schools competition. It includes exemplar CAD files for the balsa block from which the car is made and a variety of jigs. Practical considerations for manufacturing, such as the need to attach the balsa to...

The James Dyson Foundation: Ideas Box

This resource aims to get students excited about engineering. Students begin by considering “What is a design engineer” and then embark on a design hunt in the classroom to find an everyday object that can be improved and redesigned.

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