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Wearing Electronics

This Catalyst article investigates how polymer materials can be designed and printed with electrical properties that allow them to be used in wearable electronic devices. The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2.

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Sustainable Design: Volvo Life Cycle Assessment

This film clip shows how life cycle assessment has resulted in changes to many of the materials used in the production of Volvo cars. The Life Cycle Assessment team test new low emission materials, such as safe plastics and novel textiles, to ensure they have a neutral smell. This is an ongoing process, with every...

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...

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, "...

Testing Textiles

As head technologist for shops like Blacks and Millets, it is Martin Stannard’s job to ensure that all the clothing sold in these stores meets the claims about its performance. He tests every claim about a fabric, such as whether it is waterproof or whether it really does meet a British Standard. This is...

Stephanie Kwolek - Polymer Chemist

Stephanie Kwolek invented the tough polymer Kevlar, used in protective clothing and developed a method for demonstrating the production of nylon in the classroom which is still used today.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1.

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Astrium

This resource features five inspiring people who developed Bridget, a six-wheeled ExoMars rover. 

Bridget is a prototype of the vehicle that will be the largest and most sophisticated vehicle ever to visit Mars.

Each of the featured scientists describe their role in the space technology company...

Senior composites engineer

This video introduces Paul, a senior composites engineer for Lola Cars International. Paul explains his role in designing the structures that are made of carbon fibre for race cars such as the one featured in the video. He discusses the love of engineering he had when he was younger and how his maths, physics...

Investigating Tesla

In this resource students investigate the company Tesla, its structure and Hyperloop One. To begin they are asked to consider how we currently produce electricity in the UK, and how this may have to change. They consider the type of work that Tesla and Hyperloop One undertake and how this is changing rapidly in...

Investigating careers in Dyson

In this resource careers in Dyson are explored, including in particular the engineering roles that are available. Students are able to see the wide number of roles that Dyson needs to function as a company, but how the engineering roles are critical and numerous within the organisation. Several case studies of...

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