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STEM Ambassador top tips

We've put together a series of top tip guidance and advice documents that aim to help you with creating and delivering activities:

Water Solutions for the city

A problem-solving lesson where students look into the ways to conserve water using sustainable buildings and water recycling, the use of grey water, maintaining infrastructure and desalination. This lesson provides an opportunity to make some links to the multitude of careers available in this area.


Engineering the future of the barrier

In activity, students produce an Engineering ‘specification’ based on application of their science and mathematics knowledge and understanding. This will be put into the context of risks to London from flooding and the need for improved flood defences due to increased risk of higher floods due to rising sea levels...

Jheni Osman: Bridges

Einstein’s special theory of relativity helped to design the world’s tallest bridge. The bridge is taller than the Eiffel Tower and can carry 35,000 tonnes. All bridges have to cope with two main forces, tension and compression.

Engineers also had to consider the problem of accuracy when working on such...


In this activity, students look at the RNLI’s high-speed Shannon class lifeboats and launch vehicles which use hydraulics as a propulsion system. They explore the relationship between force, pressure and area and how forces are transmitted through liquids. Students also investigate how the output force of a jet...


In this activity, students consider energy transfers and calculate work done, speed, power and efficiency in order to compare two RNLI lifeboats in a rescue situation. They then go on to explore how much energy can be saved by restricting the speed during non-emergency situations.

Students work out how...

Scrummy Structures (Key Stage Three)

In this activity, students consider how engineers build the hull of lifeboats so that they are light and strong. Students are challenged to construct a beam using cheese crackers, wafers, paperclips, bridge supports. They can consider building beams using a wider range of materials such as aluminium or wood beam...

Improving Young People's Engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

This paper, published to coincide with Science and Engineering Week 2013, presents evidence from research carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to explore how to encourage further engagement in, and take-up of, STEM subjects. It discusses why STEM education is important and looks at...

Physics in Sport: Fencing

This resource uses the context of fencing to make a simple electric circuit. Students make an epee sword out of a smarties tube and incorporate a buzzer that should sound when the button on the end of the smarties tube is pressed. Students are encouraged investigate how they could change the volume of the buzzer or...

PrintLab’s 3D Printing Guide for Teachers

A comprehensive, 60-page PDF guide detailing everything you need to know about 3D printing in the classroom. The chapters included in this guide are:

  • An Introduction to 3D Printing
  • Getting 3D Printable Files
  • Preparing Files for 3D Printing
  • 3D Printing Tips for the Classroom...


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