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Stephanie Kwolek - Polymer Chemist *suitable for home teaching*

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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Invention of Nylon *suitable for home teaching*

This film, from Twig World, looks at what makes the polymer Nylon so durable. The key points made in the film are: •In the past, clothes were all made from natural sources, such as silk, wool and cotton. •Then Wallace Carothers discovered nylon in 1939. •It was discovered through experimentation with polymers,...

Techdoodles

TechDoodles are quick activities that can be used as starters, plenaries, homework, revision activities or as a focus for a whole lesson. They can be worked on by individual students or in teams. They can be self or peer assessed as the answers are in small type down the side of the page. The resources cover...

Brompton Cycle Routes: Extended design challenges

The Brompton Cycle Route projects offer students experience of the design process from initial brief through market and product research, generating design ideas, modelling/trialling, production planning and evaluation. The activities are presented in the context of the Brompton Bicycle Company and offer...

Key Stage Four Textiles Chooser Charts

A set of Key Stage Four Nuffield Foundation chooser charts focusing on textiles. Chooser charts help students make decisions about approaches to take for strategy and communication. The chooser charts are particularly useful when students are tackling open-ended projects, such as capability tasks.

Space Suit Science

This teaching resource is presented in four stages:

Stage One - Finding out about the problem. In stage one pupils find out more about spacesuits, how they work and why people need them to survive. They also find out more about the challenge to test a series of materials to...

Innovation Consultant

Alan Cucknell's job consists of finding new and innovative ways to make their clients' products stand out from the crowd. This Department for Education clip exemplifies for students a less familiar STEM career route. Alan's company works with clients on their business and technical challenges....

This is Engineering: light painter

This resource is an interview with Pavlina - a light painter.

"Pavlina is a globe trotter who is passionate about fashion and expressing her own style. She grew up in Cyprus before studying in America and the UK. Now she is a lighting engineer working for Arup, and has designed lighting for fashion shows,...

Textiles: Eco Design

Tom is the Creative Director for outdoor eco-clothing brand, Finnister. Their customers not only want clothing which looks good and performs well, but also which reflects concern for the environment. In the film clip, Tom explains what eco-design means. He is always looking for new types of...

Activity 6: Rethinking Textiles Products

This activity, for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, looks at textiles in fashion design. It provides an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge and understanding of a circular economy approach to developing textiles products and how textile companies are applying this approach to developing new products...

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