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Which material and why

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 selecting appropriate materials for an...
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Code Smart 11-14

Through a series of nine lessons, students will learn about aspects of making, programming and design thinking as they build and program their own robot cars. They will work in teams to tackle coding challenges based on the actual problems that engineers are faced with in designing autonomous vehicles. In a final...
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Metals

This resource includes 5 lessons on introducing students where metals come from, how they are processed and made usable. It also is aimed at teaching students how to identify ferrous, non-ferrous metals and alloys.End of topic quiz based for a whole class activity based on the skills and knowledge accumulated during...
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The Great British Space Dinner - Secondary Resource

The Great British Space Dinner Challenge contains nine lessons:Lesson 1: All Aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Sets the scene with a brief introduction the ISS and the Great British Space Dinner Challenge. Students develop a brochure about the ISS suitable for year 5 students.Lesson 2: Taking food into...
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Calculating area, volume and circumference

These worksheets support and challenge students to calculate area of simple shapes, the volume of a cube and the circumference of circles. Area calculations include squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. The final worksheet looks at using area and circumference equations to work out the key dimensions of...
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Traffic lights

Using sparkles to code flashing sequences. There are variations on difficulty including the introduction of switches.
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Plastic challenge

This resource contains a series of lessons which are designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of plastics and plastic waste on a global scale. Linking to materials and their properties, the environment, recycling and design and technology, they contain investigations and activities aimed at both...
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Gold award: compare the properties of different fabrics

In this project, students compare the properties of a range of fabrics made from different fibres. The fabrics could be woven or knitted and they could be made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool or synthetic fibres such as nylon. Students should investigate physical properties, such as strength, ...
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Bronze award: which material is the strongest?

In this project, students test the strength of samples from different items of clothing to find out which material is the strongest.  One way to see which material is strongest would be to hang weights from it until it breaks, with the one that holds the most weight being the strongest. 
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All at sea - which fabrics are best for sailing clothing?

In this project, students investigate and compare the waterproof and breathability properties of a range of fabrics used in clothing designed for sailing. They will find out about the different fabrics used in wet weather sailing gear. In particular, how breathable waterproofs work and what advantages and...
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