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Bringing Tinkering to School: Ideas for Activities

Tinkering creates a bridging point between a learner’s personal interests and experiences and a broad range of possible learning outcomes. It offers valuable opportunities to engage all students in STEM and fosters a more inclusive STEM education. In this way, it is very much aligned with a Science Capital Teaching...

Just Add Water

Aimed at primary level, the seventeen activities this pack investigate science around the theme of water. They link to the topics of states of matter, materials, electricity and area of design and technology and geography. The activities include: creating a model of the water cycle, demonstrating surface tension,...

Exploring Energy

The ten activities within this pack investigate environmental issues including: the greenhouse effect, recycling, sustainable energy sources and thermal insulation. Aimed at primary level, they are designed either for use in class or within a science week or club. The activities promote investigative work and...

Beat the Flood STEM challenge

In this resource, suitable for Key Stage Two to Three (age 7-14), students use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house. Activities to help them with their design include testing materials (for strength and absorbency) and structures. Set on a fictitious island coping with the...

Wind power STEM challenge

From Practical Action, this challenge asks students to design a simple wind turbine capable of lifting a cup off the floor to bench height. The winning team will be the one producing a machine that lifts the most weight. The resource includes an instruction sheet, wind turbine images, links to videos and...

Squashed tomato STEM challenge

This Practical Action resource presents a fun hands-on and brains-on challenge for Key Stages Two to Five.

The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local...

Stop the spread STEM challenge

Stop the spread is a new STEM challenge for students aged 7 to 16. Highlighting the global issue of infectious disease students design, build and test a model of a hand washing device and produce educational materials for children in Kenya to encourage hand washing. It is accredited for the British Science...

Professional Standards for Teachers in England from September 2007

Produced in 2007, these professional standards were intended to help guide teachers' professional development and career choices.

The professional standards cover the following career stages:
Q – qualified teacher status
C – core standards for main scale teachers who have successfully completed...

STEM Fairs: Introduction

These materials are provided by the British Science Association and supported by Intel. They aim to give an overview of the types of activities that happen at STEM fairs. The guide is useful in preparing students when visiting a fair. It also covers some of the key points to consider when organising, hosting or...

STEM Fairs: Interviews

Provided by the British Science Association, with support from Intel Education, these resources provide an insight into a range of activities involved in organising and taking part in STEM fairs. They include contributions from a teacher taking part in STEM competitions, a STEM Ambassador and students exhibiting...

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