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Student-led STEM Clubs - Handbook

A useful handbook for setting up a student-led STEM club, with exemplars from three schools.

It is increasingly recognised that giving students opportunities to act as ambassadors and mentors for STEM subjects outside of school can be of great benefit to the individual, their institution, and to the broader...

Deciding Destinations KS5

The premise of this activity is that the school is sending a rover to Mars. Its mission is to search for evidence that life has ever existed there. It is the job of the class to decide where the rover should land on Mars. They will do this by working in groups and investigating six potential landing sites and...

Global Project Ideas

Global project ideas provide an excellent starting point for pupils wanting to do a project based on Global issues, whether as part of the CREST Awards Scheme;  as an extended project for their Duke of Edinburgh Award or A level, or as part of the Children’s University Passport.

Each of the five Global...

Measuring the speed of sound using toilet rolls

This video and worksheet set out a measurement challenge that can be carried out at home or in school.  Students must use a laptop, tablet or phone, and a set of in ear headphones to carry out the experiment.  They also use a tube, in this example some stacked toilet...

50+ Secondary level STEM activities for any classroom

We know that in the current situation, teaching is taking place in bubbles, where teachers and students will often not have access to laboratory spaces, or equipment.  We have selected over 50 activities that can be done in any classroom, with...

Everyday engineering by Dallas Campbell

Dallas Campbell shows how you can get involved in engineering from your own home.  This video includes three links to engineering:

He describes a way of making a paper aeroplane that will be a good long distance flyer. 

Dallas talks about how bras require engineering design to enable them to...

Design your parachute - A guide to landing your CanSat safely

This resource gives students a brief overview of the different options available when building a parachute for the CanSat Competition. Students will learn about the underlying physics of parachutes and their design and how to control the speed of their CanSat. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand...

Communicating with Radio - Ground control to major CanSat

To understand how everyday devices like mobile phones, routers and satellites work, we need to understand what radio waves are and how we can transmit information with them. Radio communication is one of the key elements in our CanSat. All the data needed for our scientific experiment will be sent from the CanSat...

Getting Started with CanSat - A Guide to the Primary Mission

This module outlines the main features of the Primary Mission for the CanSat Competition. In the Primary Mission, teams must measure the temperature and pressure and send the information to their ground station. Students will learn about the differences between the sensors they can use and about the challenges...

Meet Arduino! - Introduction to Arduino Computing using C++

This guide for students allows them to explore technology used in space through the Arduino tool. They can build circuits to blink an LED and to measure temperature, pressure and altitude. The basics of programming in C++ will be introduced using the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment) software. This...

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