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DIY Faraday Challenge: Smart Cycle

The IET DIY Faraday Challenge Day ‘Smart Cycle’ is a DIY STEM activity day but it could be adapted to be run as a suite of lessons. The aim of this challenge is to introduce students to cutting edge technology which engineers are, and will be using in the future and this challenge will work best if you have access...

Producing a treadle pump

This resource looks into making a prototype of a treadle pump. 

Suggested learning outcomes include:

  • To be able to manufacture a working prototype of a treadle pump for people living in a remote village.
  • To be able to select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for a manufacturing...

CPD taster - Making an impact in EYFS: Using the outdoors to promote ‘Understanding of the World’

This is a CPD taster created to give teachers a better understanding of what to expect when joining one of our primary science courses. Below you will find a video and a task for you to do in your own time. Once you have done the activity, ...

History of Computers

This classroom resource for secondary computing lessons outlines the history of development of computers. It covers thousands of years of history, including:

  • the abacus
  • log tables
  • the calculators of Pascal and Leibnitz
  • Jacquard looms
  • Babbage's Difference Engine and...

What Forces Act in Stretching?

This concept cartoon focuses on forces. Concept cartoons provide an approach to teaching, learning and assessment in science, they feature cartoon-style drawings showing different characters arguing about everyday situations. They are designed to intrigue, to provoke discussion and to stimulate scientific thinking...

pH scale

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Describe how to find out, safely, whether a solution is an acid.
  • Identify and give examples of alkalis.
  • Describe what information an indicator provides.
  • Interpret...

Supplying Cells: the Human Circulatory, Digestive and Gas Exchange

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Describe simply the structures and functions of the human digestive system.

  • Describe simply the structures and functions of the human circulatory system.

  • ...

Spaghetti bridges

This activity could be used in Key Stage 2 as a stand-alone activity, as a focused task to develop skills in the use of the glue gun, or as part of a structures project investigating bridges.

In this activity, students develop both their skills in using a glue gun and demonstrate their understanding of how...

Recycling Plastics *suitable for home teaching*

This film, from Twig World, looks at the differences between thermosetting, thermo softening and partially biodegradable plastics, and how they can be recycled.

The key points made in the film are:

A lot of plastic is thrown away and most is non-biodegradable Plastic can be recycled using mechanical...

50+ Primary level STEM activities for any classroom

We know that in the current situation, STEM activities may be harder to run, especially with concerns about sharing equipment in groups.  We have selected over 50 activities that can be done in any classroom, with very little equipment.  These can...

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