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Investigating Cast Products

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), focuses on understanding that changing the composition of a material will affect its properties and characteristics.

It is intended that students will be able to:
• explain how to develop a product or material in order to improve...

Materials and Design

In this activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), students design an outfit that could be worn whilst participating in a sport. With a strong emphasis on developing creative thinking when generating ideas, the activity requires students to apply their knowledge and understanding of science...

Thinking about Design

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), requires students to deconstruct a product, concept or design. The resource is designed to allow students to:

• understand that materials can be designed and made to specific characteristics and purposes
• be able to identify the...

Water, Water, Everywhere? (11-14)

This resource, from Siemens UK, encourages students to appreciate the importance of clean water and the problems that may arise in the absence of it. Students consider soluble and insoluble pollutants and methods of filtration. They then explore contamination by microorganisms, water-borne diseases and the...

Blowing in the Wind (11-14)

This resource, from Siemens UK, looks at the use of wind farms to provide sustainable energy for a range of communities in a variety of settings. The selection of a New Zealand context is significant as Maori communities see themselves as being responsible for effective stewardship of the land for future...

The Psychology of Colour

The engineers behind the Watt Nightclub in Rotterdam turn the energy created by clubbers on the dance-floor into power for the lighting. There is even a giant battery to monitor the energy and encourage the crowd to dance more.

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), gives...

Communications of the Future

Jia-Ja Gu explains her work in research and technology for British Telecom. Her research is in connected communities, bringing innovative products and services to people in a linked and connected way.

One application of her research involves putting sensors in litter bins which transmit information...

Body Centric Communications

Body centric communications is any communication on, within or around the body using wireless technology. In this film, engineers give examples of the applications of this technology, including wireless devices which monitor blood glucose and communicate directly with a device which can administer insulin. This...

Engineers Without Borders

This video, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), features the international development organisation, Engineers Without Borders. Chief Executive, Andrew Lamb, explains how the organisation facilitates young people finding out about how technology can drive incredible change in people’s lives...

Mind Control

This film, from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), explores the possibilities of using thought to control machines.

Researcher engineers at Plymouth University are exploring a direct interface between somebody’s brain and a computer which lets you choose options by just thinking about...

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