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Bin Packing

The purpose of bin packing is to pack a collection of objects into containers called bins. The bins are all the same size and the objects to be packed are different sizes. The aim is to pack the objects into the bins using the fewest possible bins. In this example students are asked to save computer files onto a CD...

Air Miles

This More Maths Grads resource, from the Maths Careers website, investigates the maths used in transport and is based on the travelling salesman problem.

Students are given a table containing information on the cost of air travel between nine different cities and asked to plan a route that visits each...

Gold award: compare the properties of different fabrics

In this project, students compare the properties of a range of fabrics made from different fibres. The fabrics could be woven or knitted and they could be made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool or synthetic fibres such as nylon. Students should investigate physical properties, such as strength,  tear...

Young Technologist's Handbook

Produced for the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP), this book contains a comprehensive selection of useful descriptions and reference information on the properties of materials, manufacturing processes, ergonomics and electronics. This pulls together a wide range of data into a single publication, accessible...

Born to Engineer - John Wheal

It was a school visit to an airport that first got a 14 year old John Wheal thinking about all of the complex systems that have to work together to make air travel possible, from departure boards to baggage handling. Now he’s a systems engineer with NATS, the UK’s leading supplier of air traffic control services....

Born to Engineer - Orla Murphy

Growing up in rural Ireland, Orla Murphy remembers how exciting it felt when her family's tractor was upgraded to include a fitted radio. As an engineer with Jaguar Land Rover she's working on ways to ensure that the software that drives every function of modern vehicles can be downloaded remotely wherever they...

Born to Engineer - Milly Hennayake

Milly Hennayake knows that simple engineering solutions can make a huge difference to the lives of others, building a cleaner, better world for all.

Civil Engineer Milly Hennayake first got involved with Engineers Without Borders UK at university. After working as a volunteer with them in the UK, she was...

Seeing The Unseen - Radar. Practical, active group activity to discover how basic maths and physics help engineers to "see the unseen"

Group activity involving volunteers moving around a teaching space and using time, distance and speed measurements to locate a student taking on the role of an aircraft. 

Supports the use of Speed = Distance / Time and also the concept of radio waves travelling through space, giving practical meaning to...

Fusion 360 - using sculpt to create a racing car seat

Powerpoint presentation with instructions for creating a racing seat using the sculpt set of functions. This works as a good introduction to sculpt functionality, with additional material to support creating a rendered product. This could be used as a tutorial or printed as student instructions.

Tim Peake public presentation

This presentation was produced by the UK Space Agency for Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station in 2015/16.

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