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Fan or Turbine Efficiency

A practical challenge for pupils based on a Design Council finalist project carried out by a 17 year-old.

The project includes the need for the pupils to provide a full report on their work.

 

Bringing Tinkering to School: Ideas for Activities

Tinkering creates a bridging point between a learner’s personal interests and experiences and a broad range of possible learning outcomes. It offers valuable opportunities to engage all students in STEM and fosters a more inclusive STEM education. In this way, it is very much aligned with a Science Capital Teaching...

Paper Towers and Bridges

Ten kits of a pupil challenge, nuts and bolts provided but you need recycled paper. Kits are available in Coventry and Warwickshire or by arrangeent. Slides available for download free.

There are separate slides for Secondary who are expected to create budgets for their designs, and for primary.

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.
  • ...

Gears

This resource from Boxford facilitates the manufacture of a teaching aid for spur gears for use in the classroom. It includes CAD drawings of the gears and backing plate, which could be used to manufacture the device using a laser cutter. There is also a picture of the finished item.

A teaching aid for mechanisms

This resource from Boxford provides CAD files for the manufacture of a teaching aid for mechanisms. It includes photographs of the final product and CAD drawings of the component parts used, for manufacture by hand or laser cutter.

Design and make projects to teach mechanisms

Produced by the Technology Enhancement programme (TEP), these materials help students to understand, design and prototype mechanisms (including levers, gears and linkages). The resource also supports students to work through some of the mathematical concepts involved in calculating gear ratio.

Students are...

Levers and linkages, gears, pulleys and cams

This collection of classroom presentations, student worksheets and student revision activities support the teaching of:

  • types of motion (I.e. reciprocating, oscillating, linear, rotary)
  • gears (I.e. bevel, idler, gear trains
  • pulleys
  • levers (I.e. first order, second order,...

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...

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