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Emotional robot

A short starter activity for students of all ages. It would make a good introduction to lessons on robotics or artificial intelligence and could spark a discussion on how neural networks might be used to create human-like behaviour. Equally, when discussing HCI design, it might move the debate beyond keyboard and...

Rochester Bridge Trust Learning about Bridges Education Kit

The Rochester Bridge Trust was founded in 1399 to provide a crossing over the River Medway in Kent.  The Trust still provides free bridges today.  The Trust is passionate about bridge building and wants to encourage young people to find out more about bridges and become as enthusiastic as we are!  

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Managing STEM Enhancement and Enrichment

From the National Strategies, these documents give advice and guidance on delivering a successful science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum enrichment and enhancement programme. The documents look at planning, implementing and monitoring an enrichment programme as well as how to make sure...

Key Stage Three: Anthrax Lessons

In this resource from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)'s Seeing Science website, students use data and evidence to identify a mystery disease, watch a cartoon on the history of vaccination which will allow them to answer questions on Jenner's work and role play the outbreak of a 'new' disease...

F1 in Schools: Science - Streamlining

This session involves conducting an experiment to discover how shape affects the movement of a solid through a liquid, which in some respects is similar to the movement of cars along a racing track. This session can get very messy, but it is great fun.

F1 R-type

This resource from Boxford describes the manufacturing of an R-type car for the F1 in Schools competition. It includes exemplar CAD files for the balsa block from which the car is made and a variety of jigs. The material constraints for the design are described. Detailed step-by-step instructions, with supporting...

F1 D-type

This resource from Boxford describes the manufacturing of a D-type (Bloodhound challenge) car for the F1 in Schools competition. It includes exemplar CAD files for the balsa block from which the car is made and a variety of jigs. Practical considerations for manufacturing, such as the need to attach the balsa to...

Brompton Bicycle: Key Stage 3 Resources

These activities have been developed to give students an opportunity to experience the kind of thinking that underpins innovation and project development at Brompton Bicycle. Each activity focuses on a different design characteristic and presents students with a brief requiring them to explore current design...

Constellation

Using sparkles to light the night sky. It is possible to make them ‘twinkle’ or use an LDR so they only light up in the dark.

Making Music with the NXT

This sample, taken from a teacher guide, makes use of Lego NXT programmable kits to create musical instruments. Controllable devices are built that can ‘play’ percussion instruments such as a xylophone and a drum; other ideas include making a trumpet using NXT touch sensors for buttons, or controlling tone using...

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