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PCB Manufacture

These resources introduce the topic of PCB manufacture Engineering and Design & Technology. They contains an overview of the different stages of PCB manufacture and a brief explanation of surface mount technology. The question sheet can be used alongside the presentation.
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06 March 2019

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New technologies in design and engineering

This presentation can be used to introduce new and disruptive technologies to engineering students. It was based on BTEC Engineering but would also be relevant to GCSE Design and Technology / engineering. It contains an overview of hydrogen fuel cells, optic fibres, blended wing bodies, surface...
Publication date:
06 March 2019

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Smart Materials and Metal Foams

This is a set of resources that can be used to introduce Smart Materials and Metal Foams.It contains an overview of shape memory alloys / polymers, electrochromic glass, piezoelectric transducers and actuators - with questions at the end.
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14 February 2019

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QTC - Making the Most of a Novel Material

A Catalyst article about Quantum Tunnelling Composite, a material discovered in 1997 and whose resistance decreases dramatically under pressure. How does it work and what uses will it have? The material has been carefully characterised (to understand its composition and how it works), and its first applications have...
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2000 - 2009

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Using shape memory alloys

A Catalyst article describing the use of smart materials to help people with disabilities. Many more people with physical and mental disabilities are leading independent lives at home, thanks in part to recent technological developments. The article focuses on one project which makes use of smart materials to help...
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2000 - 2009

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African Drumming Workshops - Maths & Music

Using maths to identify patterns is not easy to understand for children and adults alike.  I have discovered the perfect way to teach pattern recognition.  I work with the well-known and internationally recognised team of Ghanaian drummers (www.one-drum.org) who run national school workshops to teach...
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13 February 2019

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Programable Logic Controllers [PLCs]

Industrial processes rely on PLCs to control everything from water treatment to nuclear power stations. Our organisation uses hardware rigs to assemble, measure and check components and allows candidates to watch the programs being excicuted and observe the results of making changes to the code.See the rigs in...
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11 December 2018

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A Hydrogen-oxygen Fuel Cell

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, two methods of making a hydrogen oxygen fuel cell are described. One involves the use of platinum electrodes and the other uses carbon electrodes. Each cell has a potential difference of around 1 Volt. The resource provides a list of apparatus and...
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2000 - 2009

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Fireworks: an Explosive Business

This Catalyst article looks at fireworks and their history, how they are made and set off, and what gives them their colours and effects. The basic chemistry used in fireworks is looked at and how they work once the fuse is ignited.This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2002, Volume 13, Issue 2.Catalyst...
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2000 - 2009

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ENTHUSE partnership impact report 2017

ENTHUSE Partnership funding enables groups of four to eight schools and colleges to work together, with support from STEM Learning on a two-year intensive programme to raise aspiration and achievement in STEM subjects. Each Partnership can access up to £20,000 worth of support, including face-to-face CPD, in-school...
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2010 to date

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