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Making Circuits

This progression toolkit develops understanding of the key concept of making circuits, as part of a topic on simple electric circuits. This key concept helps to build broader understanding about electricity and magnetism, which is one of the big ideas of science education at ages 11-14.

It includes...

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...

Generating electricity

This resources investigates how electrical energy is generated from renewable and non-renewable sources.

Suggested learning outcomes include:

  • To know the difference between a renewable and a non-renewable source of energy.
  • To understand how electrical energy is generated from at least...

Assembly: Space Exploration

This assembly resource, from the Association for Science Education (ASE), focuses on whether we need to explore space at all, particularly in view of the vast cost involved. This material is part of the SYCD: Science Year Is There Life? collection.

The aim of the assembly series is to make students more...

Activity Case Study 14: Vicki Hodges

This STEMNET activity case study describes the work of Vicki Hodges as a STEM Ambassador. In a wide range of activities, she has helped to build a space station in an infant school, worked at careers fairs for older students and lectured at universities. Vicki has worked with all age groups and enjoys sharing her...


In this resource students will carry out experiments with prisms, polarising film and 3D cinema glasses to explain some of the interesting properties of light and their applications.

Curriculum links include refractive index, total internal reflection, polarisation

STEM Club Support: Routes into Engineering

This information sheet is aimed at teachers to use with their students to introduce them to the range of engineering careers and training routes. The sheet provides information on salaries, profiles two engineering students and provides suggested websites for further information.

STEM Club support: diversity

This activity challenges stereotypes by asking students to draw and describe an engineer and then requiring them to explain their drawings together with discussing stereotypes. There are career profiles and further activities for teachers to pursue with their students.

STEM Club Activity: Moving House

This activity sheet for students will enable them to demonstrate the idea of reinforced materials and conclude which is the best to choose for a specific task, in this case constructing buildings resistant to earthquakes and high winds. The work of a structural engineer is also profiled.

Smart skin

Receptors under our skin send signals to our brains about the world around us. Engineers are borrowing this idea from the human body to create a ‘smart skin’ for aircraft. In this activity students learn about motes, the tiny sensors at the heart of this innovation, and how science and mathematics are central to...


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