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Ethical aspects of fat

Take a look at the summary evidence behind the use of palm oil, a fat tax and biofuels and debate the pros and cons.

James Webb Space Telescope

This IET DIY Faraday Challenge asks students to design and prototype a product or process involved in creating the James Webb Space Telescope. Your design must include an electric circuit and should be designed as a working prototype.

The James Webb Space Telescope (or Webb for short), will allow us...

Mission to Mars

In this DIY Faraday Challenge, students are asked to work in teams to design and construct the rocket which will transport supplies via Earth orbit to the astronauts on Mars. They are also required to build a system to transport the rocket to the launch site. Students must also show high manufacturing quality...

Physics in Concert

In this series of activities, students work in teams, learn about engineering by taking on different roles and learn how physics applies in the context of planning a music event.  It does not require recruiting external “expert” help or taking students off-timetable, and the activities cover sound,...

STEM Learning magazine: secondary - summer 2016

Mathematics Subject Specialist, Michael Anderson, discusses the questions the Principia mission poses, as well as the range of support materials available to teachers as Tim Peake returns to Earth from the International Space Station.

Gill Collinson, Head of Centre, National STEM Learning Centre and Network...

Principia mission - maths in space

On December 15th 2015 European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake launched on the six month Principia mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Principia was named after Isaac Newton’s Naturalis Principia Mathematica, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity.

The education and inspiration of...

The Scratch patch - substitution cipher

This project, exploring basic encryption, is a useful introduction to data security as well as iterating through strings to manipulate them. The program create a ‘substitution cipher’, one of the most basic forms of encryption. It also demonstrates that, for more complex chained commands, Scratch becomes rather...

The Scratch patch - error handling

This activity is an introduction to writing programs that can handle errors. It also helps students to understand number bases, by guiding them through the writing of a ‘base converter’ program.

Workshop 3: Design Brief - Key Stage Three Resources

These resources, provided by the James Dyson Foundation, include lesson plans, activities and a presentation to support Key Stage Three design and technology and engineering courses. Through these resources, students will learn about design briefs, how to develop and write one and how they relate to existing...

Workshop 4: Design Specification - Key Stage Three Resources

These resources, from the James Dyson Foundation, include lesson plans, activities and a presentation to support Key Stage Three design and technology and engineering courses. Through these resources, students learn about design specification, how they are used in the design process and how to develop one. They...

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