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Pastry product

Students from The Heathlands School met a STEM Ambassador. The visit provided students with insight into a career in cooking and nutrition, focussing on the many and varied kinds of pastry and how they are made. This input was very helpful during the four week pastry unit.

 Over four weeks, students...

Product evolution

St Bonaventure’s School met with a STEM Ambassador from the BBC. She discussed her career and the various different jobs involved in product creation.
Using a TED talk as a starting point students worked through the activities with the STEM Ambassador.
As an extension activity, students then used the...

Street scene

The Frederick Bremer School used three days during the summer term ‘off timetable’ week for this project which included a day visit to King’s Cross Station with a STEM Ambassador from Transport for London (TfL). The visit provided students with insight into the issues and ideas regarding the redevelopment...

Electro fashion

The Frederick Bremer School developed this ‘off timetable’ STEAM activity with the help of a STEM Ambassador with interest and experience in this field of electronics as applied to music and dance performance. The activity incorporated electronics, control (switching), textiles, coloured and reflective fluorescent/...

Improving glue

This is an  activity where students make glues using milk. They make a glue following a given procedure and then alter the method to see if they can make a stronger glue.
Different milks and bases are provided, though some students may decide to make the glue acidic or basic or add less water when making the...

Take your medicine

In this activity students investigate the rate of dissolution of different tablets in water and dilute hydrochloric acid (stomach strength, pH 2). They  then record and interpret their observations by answering questions.

Colour questions

In this activity tudents observe what happens when water or fat soluble pigments are added to water, oil or both. They mix a water soluble ink or food dye with water and add oil. They then mix grated carrot with water before adding oil. The students record their observations, attempt explanations and suggest...

Clever sprites: how do computer characters find their way around

In this activity  students experiment with a programme containing a path-finding algorithm. they look at the use of messaging in the programme and record how the length of time an algorithm takes to run is affected by changing the starting conditions.

Comparing super villains: using spreadsheets to make comparisons

There are three parts to this activity:

(A) Students use a comparison table to sort data and make charts about super villains.

(B) They make their own comparison table and charts.

(C) They turn their comparison table into a weighted table.

Friendly databases: what sort of databases do social networking sites use?

In this activity students explore how social networking websites use huge databases. Students create tables for two aspects – user information and another of their own choice. They then discuss how social networking sites use relational databases and explore how their simple tables might be joined up.

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