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Problem solving challenge: using design and the Internet of Things to improve fire fighter safety

This five hour teaching pack supports students to research, design and prototype their own Internet of things product to enhance the working lives of firefighters.

Students are asked to work towards a CREST Discovery Award by exploring the needs of a modern firefighter, researching their...

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...

Open Softwear: Fashionable Prototyping and Wearable Computing Using the Arduino

This guide is suitable to support a full introductory wearable-technology project using Arduino. It gives an overview of the Arduino system as well as the key terms surrounding ‘making’ and ‘hacking’. After a brief review of basic electrical theory, a closer look at the inputs and outputs of a basic board, and of...

Sustainable Design: Volvo Life Cycle Assessment

This film clip shows how life cycle assessment has resulted in changes to many of the materials used in the production of Volvo cars. The Life Cycle Assessment team test new low emission materials, such as safe plastics and novel textiles, to ensure they have a neutral smell. This is an ongoing process, with every...

Clever STEM toolkit

Between 2013-2016, academic researchers at Newcastle, Bath, Oxford, Cardiff, Surrey and Loughborough universities came together to work on ways in which our current ‘throw-away’ society can move towards a new model – where electronic waste will be reduced. The CLEVER toolkit was developed by the CLEVER team with...

Handy Hydro: Ultimate STEM Challenge

This is Challenge Two of the 2017-18 BP Ultimate Stem Challenge. The challenge is to design a simple system to generate electricity from moving water. Students are to plan and carry out an investigation to measure how much electrical...

Power for the World - Secondary Resources

This hands-on enquiry-based workshop enables students to explore renewable energy solutions in the developing world with a focus on wind turbines. Aimed at secondary students the main activity focuses on wind power and how it specifically can help solve the lack of electricity in rural communities around the world...

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...

The Challenge of Solar Power

From Teachers TV, this Inside Science video describes technologies and concepts which are attempting to use solar energy as a renewable source of electricity.

One of the world's most visionary solar power plants is near Seville, Spain. This solar plant may be providing all of Seville's electricity needs in...

Electricity Generation: Renewables

This film clip shows how steam is used to drive turbines in power stations which burn fossil fuels. It then looks at how turbines can be adapted to be driven by alternative energy sources, and examines the advantages and disadvantages of energy sources such as wind, to solar, biomass, hydroelectric power, tidal and...

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