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Clever STEM toolkit

Between 2013-2016, academic researchers at Newcastle, Bath, Oxford, Cardiff, Surrey and Loughborough universities came together to work on ways in which our current ‘throw-away’ society can move towards a new model – where electronic waste will be reduced. The CLEVER toolkit was developed by the CLEVER team with...

Handy Hydro: Ultimate STEM Challenge

This is Challenge Two of the 2017-18 BP Ultimate Stem Challenge. The challenge is to design a simple system to generate electricity from moving water. Students are to plan and carry out an investigation to measure how much electrical...

Moja Island Renewable Energy Engineering

From Practical Action, this 1-2 hour class activity uses the supply of energy for an island community to help students to understand renewable energy options.

The Challenge of Solar Power

From Teachers TV, this Inside Science video describes technologies and concepts which are attempting to use solar energy as a renewable source of electricity.

One of the world's most visionary solar power plants is near Seville, Spain. This solar plant may be providing all of Seville's electricity needs in...

Electricity Generation: Renewables

This film clip shows how steam is used to drive turbines in power stations which burn fossil fuels. It then looks at how turbines can be adapted to be driven by alternative energy sources, and examines the advantages and disadvantages of energy sources such as wind, to solar, biomass, hydroelectric power, tidal and...

Career Clips: Solar Energy Researcher

From the Institute of Physics, this eight minute film follows a PhD student as her research into photovoltaic cells takes her to an academic conference in Hawaii. This helps to illustrate how collaboration and communication is a big part of a scientist's work. We also see her at work back in the laboratory, where...

Build Your Own Nuclear Reactor

From Teachers TV, this Inside Science video is an accessible and informative overview of nuclear fission and the economics behind building a new nuclear power. The video poses the mock challenge; to solve the world's energy needs, why not build your very own nuclear power plant? The video describes: • nuclear...

Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fuels

This resource from Defence Dynamics looks at the use of nuclear power in the context of a nuclear submarine. The file Nuclear fission and nuclear fuels contains materials that describe how nuclear fission takes place, before looking at the advantages and disadvantages of using nuclear power for both civilian...

Generating electricity

This resources investigates how electrical energy is generated from renewable and non-renewable sources.

Suggested learning outcomes include:

  • To know the difference between a renewable and a non-renewable source of energy.
  • To understand how electrical energy is generated from at least...

Energy Analyst

Rebecca Beresford is an energy analyst at EDF Energy. This clip could be useful when teaching about sustainable development, enery efficiency or climate change. It also illustrates a career that requires an understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Rebecca describes her role, "...

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