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Crash Site Investigation

Produced by Innovate Educate and Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, these materials challenge students to investigate the evidence from the crash site of Lancaster bomber PD259. This activity should be treated sensitively. Whilst it looks at an incident that happened over 60 years ago, it should be remembered that...

Wider Implications of Shopping

Produced by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) this activity aims to encourage students to consider the wider environmental, social and economic implications of shopping. It can be conducted in small groups as an introduction to sustainability.

It's a Material World

A Catalyst article about working in materials science and engineering, the process of deciding which material is best for each application. The structure of materials, processing them and working in jobs and careers with them are explained.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2007, Volume 17,...

Fighting Crime Through More Effective Design

This case study, from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), examines the impact of grant awarded to the Design Against Crime Research Centre at the University of the Arts, London. The Centre works on solutions to reduce criminal activity through the effective design of places, products, communications...

Roly Poly and Wheels

Produced by the Nuffield Foundation, these resources look at wheels and their uses.

In Roly poly, a story is told of two children who design and make their own wheel-based toys. It can be used to get children thinking about designing and making their own rolling toys. The resource is presented as a self-...

Primary Design and Technology

In this Teachers TV programme, three design and technology products are put to the test in classrooms around the country. They are then reviewed by an expert panel composed of Professor Clare Benson, director of the Centre for Resource Curriculum Development in Primary Technology (CRIPT) at UCE Birmingham, Ray...

Fundamentals of Design - Moving Pictures

In this resource from Teachers TV the need for more design and evaluation in Key Stage One is explored. An Ofsted report highlights that often more focus is put on making the final product and children are not given the time to gain the knowledge and understanding to make their own products.

Teacher Teresa...

Fundamentals of Design - Virtual Pets

In this resource from Teachers TV, Key Stage Two teacher Pauline Hannigan delivers a three day project on virtual pets to her mixed Year Five and Six class. Throughout the programme, Cornwall LEA Design and Technology advisor David Prest and fellow primary teacher Teresa Wilton discuss which aspects of the project...

Toby Oliver - Making Bridges

In this resource from Teachers TV, Primary STEM Ambassador Toby Oliver inspires and engages a Year Five class with a bridge building activity. Toby is a track engineer for London Underground who was inspired at school by his physics lessons and wants to help schools deliver engaging engineering lessons.

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Colour in Our Hall

In this resource from Teachers TV, children from Beacon Primary School in Cornwall work on an aspect of school improvement with designer Kevin McCloud. The idea for this project comes from The Sorrell Foundation and is called the Joinedupdesignforschools project, which gives children a major say in how an aspect...

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