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Flood Defence

Students work in teams to design and make a prototype device that can design and make a prototype of a simple device (to be sold in stores like B&Q) that will allow homeowners to remove water from their house during periods of flooding.

In this challenge the device will have to move 100ml of water from...

Remote Operations

This Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) DIY Faraday Challenge asks students to work in teams to design and make a prototype device that can be operated remotely to pick up objects and accurately locate them on a given target. Devices such as these are increasingly used in medical engineering...

Survive a zombie apocalypse

A terrifying virus has been spreading around the world. In a matter of weeks, it has killed 90% of the world’s population. Even worse, the victims don’t stay dead. Now, these zombies are roaming the streets looking for their next meal: your brains! Your challenge is to stay alive until scientists find a cure. Be...

Sporting performance

Ready, set go! Playing sport is a fundamental part of our society, but how will it change in the future? Which new technologies and innovations will help us to get the most out of our favourite activities?

How can we live smarter?

Human beings are pretty smart. We have transformed the world and thought up some wondrous inventions. But what will the future hold for planet Earth and the people who inhabit it? Can we use new technology and innovations to improve the quality of our lives as well as the world we live in?

How could we augment ourselves?

The human body is an amazing piece of engineering. For thousands of years it has kept us running, thinking and, best of all, staying alive! But are there scientific innovations that we can use to make our bodies even better?

Fashion Entrepreneur

Scheduling jobs in a fashion workshop is the context for this Nuffield exploration. There are six people in the workshop and a series of jobs to be completed in one day.

The key processes which developed include:

*Representing - identifying factors that affect decisions, producing a clear plan for the...

Design a Table

In this Nuffield exploration students are asked to design a table for a group of 5 people for daily use. The table must be extendable to accommodate 8 to 10 people for some occasions

The key processes developed are:

*Representing - recognising where mathematics can help with the table design, for...

Reimagine a solution to a real-life problem

This year the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge is asking UK students aged 11 to 14 to put their science, technology, engineering and maths skills to the test and reimagine a solution to a real-life problem.

Variables Unplugged

This activity away from the computer is from the Barefoot Computing project. It is intended to provide a theoretical understanding of why and how variables are used in computer programming, using the example of score-keeping in a classroom quiz. Involving several volunteers from the group, the activity uses...


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