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I Can See Clearly Now (11-14)

This resource looks at the effective use of low energy light bulbs and how they have enabled the waterfront at Durban in South Africa to be transformed. The first activity sets the scene by showing how lighting is not only a technical process but has a social impact too. It then presents students with the challenge...

Totally in Control (11-14)

In this activity from Siemens, students explore the need for an automated control system in the context of a fairground ride.

Through the sequence of activities, students will:

• Identify how sequences of commands can be used to run equipment and how logic operation can respond to inputs and...

Build Your Own Robot Arm

This resource sets the challenge of designing a robot arm which can pick up a cup from a defined distance. Students then evaluate their design and suggest modifications.

They are also asked to consider which scientific and algebraic principles could be applied to the activity as well as considering their...

Table Tennis Server

Students work in teams to design and make a prototype device that will serve tennis balls consistently across a table tennis table. The server must fit securely on the edge of the table and serve at least four balls accurately and precisely in the same position and allow the ball to be returned.

In this...

Emergency Communications

Engineers are vital when a disaster strikes. When there are floods, hurricanes or earthquakes, it is engineers that are needed. As the engineer rescue team, students are challenged to develop an engineering solution to ensure communications between two towns can be maintained.

Students must:

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Community Transport: Scenarios

In this activity, students use what they have found out about community transport systems to suggest possible solutions to existing transportation problems. They watch the film Transportation Planning which focuses on the career of a transportation planner who worked on the London 2012 Olympic games and who is a...

Overcoming Friction

In this activity, students are introduced to Maglev technology as a way of reducing the friction between the tube and the train in a vacuum tube train. Students are presented with the scenario that in 2025, the UK has been invited to invest £100 billion towards the construction of a vacuum tube train system...

Global Transport: Engineering a Vacuum Tube Train

In this activity, students design and test a model vacuum tube train. They have to decide on how to get a ball to travel through a tube as quickly as possible without the help of gravity. They then look at the forces that would act on a real vacuum tube train.

Using the handout Train forces, students are...

Community Transport: Today

In this activity, students are asked to think about current methods of community transport and the associated pros and cons. Their ideas are then used to compile a class list of criteria that future methods of community transport should fulfill. For example, sustainability (materials used to make the transport, the...

Design and Animation of a Character

In this project, students create an animated character and map it to a standard set of animation moves. Using the tools in Autodesk Project Pinocchio and Autodesk Maya, students can create a character that copies a standard sequence available in Autodesk Maya.

Students then move onto cloud technology and...

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