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Exploring the circular economy

The following lesson plans provide a good introduction to the circular economy, and can be taught in sequence or as stand-alone lessons.The lessons plans include:(1/5) Challenging common conceptions(2/5) Exploring the circular economy(3/5) Understanding the challenge of ‘finite’ resources(4/5) Designing for a...
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Circular Economy Introductory Kit

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Fighting fires with the internet of things: Design and technology one hour activity

This one-hour lesson introduces the Internet of Things to students, through the context of fire fighting.Students explore the user needs of a modern firefighter and how different Internet of Things technologies could improve their equipment and safety. Students investigate different products that might improve the...
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Ryde Academy STEM Blog

For some inspiration and to see how we have trialled and refined embedding STEM into the curriculum, please feel free to visit the blog I have created. www.rydestem.wordpress.com 
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Wind Turbine Role Play

There is much debate about reducing greenhouse gases and how renewable energy sources might form part of the answer. Most people agree that renewable energy is a good thing, but how do people react when a wind farm is proposed to be built near them? The following activity puts students into different roles which will...
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Wind Tunnel Testing

In this activity, students explore the requirements of aerodynamic design through testing simple shapes in a wind tunnel and explain the link between the test results from a wind tunnel and air resistance. The activity focuses on students acquiring an understanding of aerodynamics through testing, experimenting and...
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What Makes a Fast Boat?

This activity can be used to explore the relationship between shape and hydrodynamics (resistance).Curriculum links include aerodynamics, resistance, forces, buoyancy and thrust. There are a number of useful links to supporting video clips and webpages.The activity is part of the Skeleton Bob collection.
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Speedy Boats

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Presenting Speedy Boats Results

This activity considers displaying data from a practical investigation looking at the effect of streamlining a boat's hull. It gives students the opportunity to consider how this information can be represented effectively and use this to form conclusions. The reliability of their results will then be discussed.The...
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Investigating Wind Turbines

Windmills and wind turbines are based upon the principle of trying to create a shape where air flow causes the maximum possible change in kinetic energy. Wind turbines are designed to convert the kinetic energy in wind into electrical energy to power millions of homes and businesses.This activity gives students the...
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