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Floating Garden STEM challenge

This challenge, from Practical Action, requires students to design and build a model structure that will enable farmers to grow crops even in an area that may become flooded. A floating garden, built on a base of aquatic weeds, is a cheap and sustainable way of allowing people to grow vegetables. The resource can...

What is structural engineering? Structural engineering for beginners

This presentation provides a great introduction to the work of structural engineers. Created by the The Institution of Structural Engineers, it provides an overview of the types of activities undertaken by structural engineers, examples of the impact that they make on society and provides an overview of the types...

Magnetic Earth

This AstroPi resource helps secondary school students investigate the magnetic field of the Earth. The series of activities develops from basic principles of magnetism through to some understanding of the nature and cause of the Earth's magnetism.

The guide links to several other eLibrary resources and a...

Careers in Space workshop

The Careers in Space workshop included inputs from: * Vicki Hodges on Astrium's STEM Ambassadors programme * Rosalind Azouzi on Space Tourism and the Next Generation * Lloyd Marshall on Apprenticeship opportunities with Astrium

The Intelligent Piece of Paper

In this activity from the CS4FN team, learners are introduced to algorithms in the context of artificial intelligence. They are challenged to beat a ‘piece of paper’ at a game of noughts and crosses. By following a simple algorithm, the piece of paper becomes very difficult to beat. The algorithm is a sequence of...

IDEAS In-Service Materials

The IDEAS training materials are for use on continuous professional development courses to support the teaching of ideas and evidence in school science. The materials offer six in-service CPD sessions, which take approximately half a day each. Ideas and approaches for lessons are illustrated using materials...

Balloon Bugs

This resource from Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a practical, classroom activity that allows the students to make a balloon model of a disease-causing bacterium. This illustrates its basic shape and structure. Students can choose from three bacteria species including:

1. Salmonella Typhimurium and...

Build a Bug Activity

This is a classroom-based activity from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute that allows students to explore the features of two bacterial pathogen genomes. The aim of this activity is to highlight the role of different genetic components in two closely related subspecies of Salmonella enterica, and to identify how...

Robert Smyth Academy

The chemistry of UV reactive beads provides activities from Key Stage Two to Post-16, using photochromic beads. The beads can be used to investigate the effect of temperature on the rates of reaction, where the beads are returned to their normal colour. At Post-16...

Build Your Own Robot Arm

This resource sets the challenge of designing a robot arm which can pick up a cup from a defined distance. Students then evaluate their design and suggest modifications.

They are also asked to consider which scientific and algebraic principles could be applied to the activity as well as considering their...

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