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What is the role of a designer?

In this resource a presentation and linked activities provide design and technology teachers with opportunities to highlight the different values and beliefs that designers may hold. Students can engage in exploring their own values about the responsibilities of designers and companies too. The presentation ...

Construction - technical knowledge

These technical briefs look at the ways Practical Action have helped poor communities to make the best use of their own labour and to use locally produced building materials and techniques that they can afford and manage.

Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are freely available...

Agriculture - technical briefs

These technical briefs look at agricultural production in many parts of the world, carried out on a small-scale by farmers. Relatively small improvements in agricultural practice can have a big impact on yield and dramatically improve the life of a farmer and their family.

Technical briefs are documents...

Inside the brain

These resources from the Wellcome Trust explore how imaging research has changed the way we look inside one of our most fascinating organs, the brain. There is useful background information on MRI, fMRI, CT and PET scanning. This issue of the Big Picture looks at the...

Food and Diet

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine.

This issue of the Big Picture, from the Wellcome Trust, looks at the role that food plays not only in human physiology but also in the individual's lives. Food is about so much more than...

Careers from biology

Produced by the Wellcome Trust, this issue of the Big Picture explores some of the careers that are available to students who have studied biological science. It goes beyond the doctors, vets and other science-related careers typically described to include people working in a wide variety of...

Ugly Cures *suitable for home teaching*

Chemicals within the cells of living things may provide the basis of a host of treatments in the fight against disease. Two hundred different secretions with medical properties have been isolated from frog skins alone, including antibiotics which could be used to treat resistant strains of disease such as MRSA....

bp Energy Outlook 2035

The Outlook highlights the continuous change in the energy system – the changing fuel mix, the changing patterns of trade – as it adapts to meet the world’s growing energy needs. It also highlights the challenge of delivering energy supplies which are sustainable, secure and affordable. The Outlook emphasizes...

Civil engineer: transport links

Oliver works for Mott MacDonald and help to build transport links. This includes providing an access road to a new hospital. Oliver got to use lots of different new software and come up with a 3D model of the access road and bridges along it.

Design engineer: building services

Senior Design Engineer Lee helps to make buildings as energy-efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Lee started out as an apprentice at NG Bailey, learning and applying engineering skills in work. He's now in his final year studying for a degree in building services engineering.

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