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Global project ideas

Global project ideas are based around Practical Action’s work, which uses science and technology to address global issues such as energy, water and food. They give students a real insight into how science and technology can be used to tackle challenges faced by communities in the developing world, and how they can...

Water and sanitation videos

Practical Action helps local communities in the developing world gain access to services such as water and sanitation, vital for a decent quality of life. Some examples of how they go about doing this and the technologies involved are demonstrated in these videos:

  • Dying for a drink - solar powered...

Energy videos

The problems caused by lack of access to energy, and renewable energy solutions implemented by Practical Action are shown in this series of videos.

 

Benefits of smoke hoods: Discusses the benefits to health and how food is cooked.

Dying for a drink - solar powered water pump: Installing a...

Food and agriculture videos

These videos look at how farmers in the developing world grow and transport their food, focusing on the introduction of new technologies.

 

Gravity goods ropeway in Nepal: A description of how a gravity goods ropeway is used to transport tomatoes down a mountainside.

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Flooding videos (part 2)

These videos highlight the problems caused by flooding in the developing world, and show how Practical Action works with local communities to help reduce the impact of future flooding:

 

How floating gardens combat flooding: A brief illustration of how floating gardens...

Flooding videos (part 1)

These videos highlight the problems caused by flooding in the developing world, and show how Practical Action works with local communities to help reduce the impact of future floo...

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...

Product analysis: impacts on people and the environment

This resource from Practical Action includes a presentation and worksheets which give Key Stage Three and Four students opportunities to understand more about the impact of existing and new products on people and the environment. The presentation is packed with useful activities to reinforce students' learning. The...

The Big Bang Lesson *suitable for home teaching*

The lesson activities and resources for 'The Big Bang Lesson' are provided here for teachers and lecturers to use in their own schools and colleges.

The lesson outline includes links to many of the presentation slides...

Mini lectures: science, ethics and society

This 11-minute lecture from the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings explores the ideas of ethics, morality and values. The lecture describes the part played by the Nobel intergenerational meetings in Lindau in reminding scientists and society of their responsibilities. Hippocrates' view that "man belongs to nature;...

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