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Ryde Academy STEM Blog

For some inspiration and to see how we have trialled and refined embedding STEM into the curriculum, please feel free to visit the blog I have created. www.rydestem.wordpress.com 
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04 June 2018

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Wind Tunnel Testing

In this activity, students explore the requirements of aerodynamic design through testing simple shapes in a wind tunnel and explain the link between the test results from a wind tunnel and air resistance. The activity focuses on students acquiring an understanding of aerodynamics through testing, experimenting and...
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Makerbot 3D printing educators guide and project ideas

This Makerbot educations guidebook supports the users of 3D printers to understand the basics on how 3D printers work and how to use them, including a crash course on 3D design. It provides nine, 3D printing lesson plans to integrate the technology into the classroom, bringing STEM and project based learning to a...
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Understanding electronic principles

These electronics resources from Kitronik help students to:Understand simple electronic componentsIdentify circuit symbolsCalculate resistance valuesCalculate capacitor valuesUnderstand how a potential divider worksUnderstand components such as thermistors, light dependent resistors, logic gates, integrated...
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2010 to date

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What is 3D printing?

This video provides a great overview to 3D printing, looking first at different ways of manufacture, before explaining the 3D printing process. The video is presented by the Head of the Institute for Manufacturing, Professor Tim Minshall, and would well as an introduction to 3D printing or as a revision video for...
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Robots and artificial intelligence AI: lessons in the ethics of robots

This resource supports students to research and discuss the field of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). The resource provides a series of student tasks that explore the topic of whether robots are a threat to humanity. This resource would work well as a research topic for students undertaking projects in...
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2010 to date

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Future of making

 Prepare yourself: How things are made is changing. The digital and physical are uniting, from innovative methods to sense and understand our world to machines that learn and design in ways no human ever could; from 3D printing to materials with properties that literally stretch possibility; from objects that...
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2017

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Innovating for people: human-centered design planning cards

 Innovation is an economic imperative that calls for more people to be innovating, more often. These cards equip people in various lines of work to become more innovative. They enable practical planning in order to bring new and lasting value into the world.The key ingredient to successful innovation is the...
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2012

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Curves

This book offers some simple ways of drawing curves and studying their properties. It also looks at what happens when changes are made to the construction rules.  
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1982

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Innovating for people: handbook of human-centered design methods

This handbook is your essential resource for innovation. It's a compact reference book describing thirty-six methods of Human-Centered Design, organized by way of three key design skills:- Looking: Methods for observing human experience- Understanding: Methods for analyzing challenges and opportunities- Making:...
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2012

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