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Six R's *suitable for home teaching*

This resource from Practical Action helps students look at the 6Rs, their definitions and products which illustrate the 6Rs in action. These are: rethink, reuse, recycle, repair, reduce and refuse. Students look at the definitions carefully again and rank each of the Rs in terms of which contributes most and which...

Let's negotiate

From Practical Action, this resource encourages students to look at how design specifications are balanced when developing new products.

Design abacus

From Practical Action, this resource is an eco-tool used to compare the sustainability of two products or design ideas.

Where's the impact?

This resource looks at life-cycle analysis and how it is used to work out the environmental impact of different products.

Belief circles

From Practical Action and the Royal Academy of Engineering, this short starter activity helps students to think about their own values and those of their peers in relation to the sustainability of engineering. The activity encourages an awareness of the impact of engineering on the environment and sustainability....

Flying Weightless *suitable for home teaching*

This Catalyst article looks at what it means to say that an astronaut is 'weightless'. The article looks at how astronauts are trained in aircraft and how underwater work can also help prepare them for space travel.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 19, Issue 1.


Chemistry in a Blast Furnace *suitable for home teaching*

A Catalyst article about chemical reactions that occur in a blast furnace during the steelmaking process. This short article features a diagram of a blast furnace showing the active ingredients used to produce iron from ore.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2006, Volume 16, Issue 3.


Ways of Living

Ways of Living, from the SISCON series looks at the interaction between people and their environment and the effects of science and technology on the way we live and think.

Chapters in this booklet are:


Design skills for work

Published in January 1998, Design skills for work was a two-part report written by the Technology Education Research Unit for the Design Council.

Part one: An exploration of transferability

This report looks at how design teaching at...

2. Optical Fibres in School Physics

This Association for Science Education (ASE) publication about optical fibres was developed in association with the General Electric Company (GEC). At the time of publication GEC was the largest manufacturer of electrical and electronic products in the United Kingdom, and was one of the biggest companies in the...


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