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Choosing Sustainable Materials

This film clip looks at a sustainable system of timber production and woodland management. It is explained that sustainability is the way in which the environment is managed, not whether trees are felled or not. Clear felling uses excavating machines to clear large areas of woodland at a time as part of an...

Nanotechnology Song

In this engaging video clip, produced by the Science Museum, the Punk Science team explains the science of nanotechnology in the form of a song. The song explains why we need microscopes to see nanoparticles, how it is possible to examine how materials behave and that nanotechnology leads to scientific...

Using carbon fibre to create a Boeing 787

This video from Boeing looks at the use of carbon fibre to create the Boeing 787 fuselage. It shows the layup of carbon fibre tape on the curve of the aircraft, the heating of the fuselage in an industrial oven and a brief overview of the difference that composites like carbon fibre are making to the manufacture of...

To make graphene

This video explores graphene and explains how it can be made simply using sellotape and graphite from a pencil.  It also mentions some of the applications of graphene.

QTC: A Remarkable New Material to Control Electricity

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). QTC (Quantum Tunnelling Composite) looks rather ordinary, but this rubbery black material shows remarkable properties. When squeezed its electrical resistance drops, and this...

Thermochromic Pigment

This short film from the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP) is one of a series of clips which were produced to demonstrate the properties and use of a range of smart materials. These thermochromic pigments are made up as a liquid paste compatible with any acrylic media. At normal room temperature the pigment...

Two Way Memory Spring

This short film from the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP) is one of a series of clips which were produced to demonstrate the properties and use of a range of smart materials. These springs, based on a brass alloy, ‘remember’ to open up at around 90°C and close again when cool. Such springs have many...

Shape Memory Alloys

This film clip shows some of the latest ideas for aeroplanes being trialled by NASA. Amongst the concepts are wings which change shape while in the air to make the aeroplane faster and more fuel efficient. This is only possible due to a remarkable range of smart materials. One of the materials being used is a...

Born to Engineer - Adrian Westaway

Everything you touch, see and interact with has been engineered and designed. But for engineer Adrian Westaway, the best inventions need something more - a little bit of magic…

When he was 11 years old, Adrian Westaway wrote a letter to the famous...

Born to Engineer - Ben Ryan

This video tells the story of Sol and Ben Ryan. Sol had to have his arm amputated after he was born. When his father Ben saw the prosthetics that were available for small children, he knew that it wasn’t good enough for his son. 

Ben learned product design and engineering skills and with the support of the...

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