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Martian Explorers: Design a New Mars Rover

Aimed at the 11-14 age group, this is a unit of six one-hour design and technology lessons to develop an understanding of how systems on exploration robots are combined and collect data. Students are given a design brief to build their own model rover, experientially, to function in simulated Martian conditions....

The Paper Cup Company

A National STEM Learning Centre and Network Engineering Case Studies resource investigating the design process involved in developing a paper cup for manufacture.

You wouldn't believe making a paper cup could be complicated, but there's a lot of science reasoning behind the product design.Your students can...

Digital Designer

Simon Cam is a digital designer, working on interactive video production for an advertising agency. This Department for Education clip shows the importance of science and mathematics in a range of creative industries.

Simon works with film, special effects and 3D graphics, to develop a range of visual...

Energy

These materials, produced by the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP), are a design and make project investigating the micro-climate of a school's grounds to decide the best location for a solar panel or wind generator. Students are required to undertake the following tasks:

• Use instrumentation
•...

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...

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,...

Vertically Challenged

Aimed at primary level, the activities within this pack demonstrate key ideas and concepts used in designing and constructing buildings such as: how levers and pulleys work, the properties of materials and the forces involved in different structures.

Activities include: making a lever to lift a grown up,...

Aerial Models

The Teaching Primary Science book Aerial models concerns activities which are likely to arouse interest, excitement, enterprise and competition. The book recognises that whilst these actions can be used as stimuli leading to scientific work, measurement and the acquisition of new knowledge, there can be problems in...

If: a mind-bending way of looking at big ideas and numbers

Some things are so big or so old that it's hard to wrap your mind around them. In 'If: a mind-bending way of looking at big ideas and numbers', we look at these hard-to-imagine objects and events and compare them to things we can instantly see, feel and touch. It is wonderful new way of seeing the world and is a...

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