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Practical Action

Practical Action is a development charity which uses simple technology to fight poverty. The learning resources in this collection look at how issues such as climate change and the need for renewable energy can be tackled. The resources contain background information, teachers' packs, classroom activities, stimulus...
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2000 - 2009

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Popular Mechanics: Becoming a Designer of Machines

This resource aimed at upper primary contains a series of lessons which look at the means by which machines (cams, levers, gears and pulleys) transform force into movement. The first lesson provides the context for the project in the form of a story, where students are asked to create a counter to count visitors to a...
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2010 to date

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James Webb Space Telescope: Investigating How Freezing Affects Materials

In this resource children investigate how the properties of different materials change when they are frozen. The two activities are based on a challenge scientists and engineers had when designing the James Webb Space Telescope: that the space facing side of the telescope needed to withstand very cold temperatures....
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2010 to date

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James Webb Space Telescope: Keeping Things Cold

In this activity children learn about how the James Webb Space Telescope is designed to keep itself cold. They find out about the sunshield and how it works then explore how they can keep cold things cold, when they are exposed to heat; investigating the best material and number of layers for doing this most...
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2010 to date

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James Webb Space Telescope: Vibration Design Testing

Aimed at upper primary learners this resource provides a design and technology activity based on the challenges engineers and space scientists faced whilst working on the creation of the telescope. Children design and make a model telescope to be launched into space. They carry out vibration tests, then modify their...
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2010 to date

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Engineering activities

This list provides a sample of engineering activities which may be found on the eLibrary.
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18 December 2018

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James Webb Space Telescope - Primary Resources

The James Webb Space Telescope will make observations of distant stars and planets. It is due to be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket in 2021 from French Guiana. It is a highly technical design which has taken many years to be designed and made. It has been an international collaboration involving North America, Canada...
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2010 to date

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CleverBooks Engineering and Space

CleverBooks Space, is a free mobile application empowered by Augmented Reality. It covers engineering and space interactive Augmented Reality tasks for primary and secondary level kids. It is designed to enhance interest and curiosity levels in STEM.The areas covered: planets of the Solar system, space...
Publication date:
11 December 2018

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Exploring Energy

The ten activities within this pack investigate environmental issues including: the greenhouse effect, recycling, sustainable energy sources and thermal insulation. Aimed at primary level, they are designed either for use in class or within a science week or club. The activities promote investigative work and...
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2010 to date

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STEM Ambassadors classroom activities collection

A collection of activities and ideas for STEM  Ambassadors to use  in a classroom setting.This collection no longer exists. Please follow the link below to find the resources: https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/search?f%5B0%5D=field_type%3A14441&f%5B1%5D=type%3Aelibrary_resource
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2010 to date

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