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This collection of three resources asks students to:

*design and model the physical elements of a robot arm and demonstrate how this could be achieved using a smart material. Students can then subsequently use this information to support the design of a robot arm.

*design and model a robot arm in 2D,...

Bronze Award: Future Travel

 These materials look at three possible projects that relate to sustainable travel.

* Communications project - students gather information and explain about ‘green’ transport policies, reducing and offsetting carbon footprints.

* Practical project - students investigate how to compare carbon dioxide...

Beat the Flood STEM challenge

In this resource, suitable for Key Stage Two to Three (age 7-14), students use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house. Activities to help them with their design include testing materials (for strength and absorbency) and structures. Set on a fictitious island coping with the...

A Robotic Arm

In this activity  children are challenged to design and make a robotic arm to grab things from a distance. The challenge is based on robotic arms on the International Space Station used to move heavy equipment or perform delicate tasks. Children will:

  • discover relationships between the length of a...

Modelling pulley systems

This resource investigates modelling and constructing pulley systems designed to lift loads.

Suggested learning outcomes include:

  • To be able to recognise and describe the main parts of a pulley system.
  • To understand how a pulley system can reduce the effort needed to lift a load.
  • ...

Testing a pulley system

In this resource students are asked to test the operation of pulley systems and calculating their mechanical advantage.

Suggested learning outcomes include:

  • To understand what is meant by mechanical advantage.
  • To be able to calculate the mechanical advantage of pulley systems.
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Modelling linkages

Investigating simple linkages using card models.

A mechanism is a device that changes movement in some way. Linkages are a type of mechanism. There are different types of linkage, each of which change movement in different ways.

This could be used in Key Stage 2 as a stand-alone activity or as an...

Machines, Mechanisms and Mathematics

Machines, Mechanisms and Mathematics, part of the Mathematics for the Majority series produced by The Schools Council Project in Secondary School Mathematics, is aimed at expanding teachers’ knowledge, and is written in the belief that much of mathematics has been developed to solve practical problems. Many...

Dip Coating

This resource from Boxford describes the development of a CNC routed dip tank for the dip coating process. Exemplar CAD files and a supporting video are provided. Photographs show the assembled dip tank and the dip coating process is described. Materials, tools and equipment needed both to make the tank and...

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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