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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...

Poster: Using a 3D printer

This poster gives student instructions of how to use a 3D printer. The printer it references is the BeeVeryCreative, however, the majority of information is applicable to any filament printer. The poster also comes with a Zapper code that can be scanned to reveal a video of the printer at work.

Robot Swarms

Together with related activities from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this resource allows students to investigate the wide range of sophisticated imaging technology available in modern hospitals, and to explore the latest ideas in search-and-rescue robotics.

Students work in small teams...

Robot Arm Design

In this activity students design and model a robot arm in 2D, need to be able to name the main parts of a robot arm and to be able to design and make a 2D card model of a 3D product. Robot arms are an example of a programmable system. They are used in a wide variety of industrial applications, ranging from loading...

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...

Movie music 11-14

Movies are amazing: a good movie can make you laugh, cry or jump in surprise. But how do they do it? The music you are listening to plays a big part. This programme investigates the design and technology that goes into making movies sound good – from understanding how soundtracks can make you feel a particular...

Modelling a robot arm

In this activity students design and model a 3D robot arm. Robot arms are an example of a programmable system. They are used in a wide variety of industrial applications, ranging from loading machines to assembling cars, welding parts together and spray painting products. They are also used in applications such as...

Making music

In this activity, students create musical instruments using recycled materials.  They are then asked to analyse the musical notes their instruments produce using free-to-download software.  The challenge is for the students to see how close the notes their instruments make can get to those produced by real...

Little Green Men

This resource was funded by the Spacelink Learning Foundation and written by Sheffield Hallam University. It is aimed at students between 14 and 16 years of age. The resource investigates the idea of alien life, and consists of eight exercise sheets for students:

*Earth Calling looks at messages that have...

In control

Cycling is becoming an increasingly important transport solution for many people. This resource sets small groups of students the challenge of working together to design a gadget that can be attached to and powered by a bicycle.

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