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What Am I?

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and technology (IET), asks students to investigate a simple piezoelectric device. The engineers behind the Watt Nightclub in Rotterdam investigated the use of the piezoelectric effect to turn the energy created by clubbers on the dance-floor into power for the...

Let There be Light 2: Design and Make

In this activity from the Institution of Engineering and technology (IET), students investigate the photovoltaic effect by designing and making a solar power night-light circuit. This could form the basis of a design and make assignment project in design and technology with cross-curricular links with science....

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...

Mince Flies

This resource looks at the environmental impact of our food choices in terms of water usage, world food supply and greenhouse gas production. The activities aim to challenge students' fears and prejudices about the foods common to other cultures and to consider the importance of eating insects as a source of...

Applications of Programmable Systems

In this activity, students examine how programmable systems have developed over time. Students use the internet to research a programmable system, place inventions correctly on a timeline and use information about developments in electronics, computing and materials to explain patterns in the development of...

Classroom Activities for the Busy Teacher: NXT

This sample of a teacher guide introduces basic robotics using Lego NXT hardware and software

The general nature as well as the origins of robotics are covered. NXT robots are then introduced, as well as some basic mathematical and other considerations for using robots in the classroom. The importance and...

Food and drink manufacturing and processing

Colourful posters from the Tasty Careers website illustrating (with statistics) the size of the food and drink sectors of Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England respectively.

Tasty careers in food and drink

Colourful poster from the Tasty Careers website illustrating the many different career roles in the food and drink industry.  A very useful overview of the sector.


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