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Design for a better world

Design for a better world is a design challenge for students aged 11-14 years. It offers students the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the global goals for sustainable development.
  • Access a range of global contexts including water and sanitation, food security and climate action in which to...

Beat the Flood STEM challenge

In this resource, 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 devastating effects of flooding caused by...

Food and Diet

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine.

This issue of the Big Picture, from the Wellcome Trust, looks at the role that food plays not only in human physiology but also in the individual's lives. Food is about so much more than...

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...

Plants

This issue of Big Picture provides lots of interesting information about flowering plants and their uses. 

The plant hormones animation explores the action of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and shows how scientists used experimental evidence to explain the role of auxins in a phototrophic response.

The...

Sports Technologist

Chris Holmes is a sports technologist for sports equipment manufacturer Adidas. This Department for Education clip is useful in showing students how a career such as this relies on a background of STEM study. Chris describes how he specialises in the development of sports balls. His job is to investigate the best...

Exciting Energy

This resource, from BP Educational Service (BPES), helps Key Stage Two children start to think about energy in a real-world context. The resource includes a colourful A2-size poster and a short video about sources of energy and energy conservation.

Secondary: Hand Hygiene

Produced by the Health Protection Agency, this e-Bug resource contains teacher guidance, stimulus materials and student activity suggestions. It considers the need for effective hand washing to limit the spread of infections.

Students carry out an experiment to observe how microbes can spread from person...

Primary: Hand Hygiene

Produced by the Health Protection Agency, this e-Bug resource looks at how harmful microbes can be spread by contact and how good handwashing can help to prevent this spread.

Extensive teacher guidance, stimulus materials and students' activity sheets are included in the resource.

In the...

Primary: Food Hygiene

Produced by the Health Protection Agency, this e-Bug resource helps students to consider how poor food hygiene can allow the spread of food-poisoning microbes. The materials include teacher guidance, stimulus materials and students' activity sheets.

In the activity, children investigate how easily...

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