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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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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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How 3-phase Cage Induction Motors Work

Induction Motors are the workhourses of industry. They convert electricty into mechanical motion and can be >90% efficient. Unlike the little motors used in hair driers and train sets, Induction motors have no brush gear, so how do they work?Our organisation use special extra low voltage motors to demonstrate the...
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11 December 2018

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What is engineering?

This resource provides an introduction to engineering for primary children. It can be used for a whole school assembly with follow-on inquiry work, or with one class, and would be suitable for working with a STEM Ambassador.  The resource aims to break down preconceptions about engineering, looks at what...
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Reimagine a solution to a real-life problem

This year the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge is asking UK students aged 11 to 14 to put their science, technology, engineering and maths skills to the test and reimagine a solution to a real-life problem.
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Designing a hoverboard

Magnetism is a key scientific phenomenon. Utilising this has allowed designers to create new and innovative products, such as fully working MAGLEV trains and hoverboards.This resource focusses on designing a hoverboard that works using magnetism and magnetic field.
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Ocean Grabber

This resource is part of the Polar Explorer Resource Collection https://www.stem.org.uk/polar-explorer-educational-resources. In this resource learners will explore why scientists are engaged in research at the bottom of the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans. They will understand the importance of collecting...
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Dilution plant challenge

Students undertake a challenge which many chemical engineers working in industry face regularly, proving that the science learnt in the classroom is being used on a daily basis within chemical engineering industry, and that simple dilution calculations can be the difference between profit and loss for...
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Prizes for STEM based primary school competitions based in and around Glasgow, Scotland

As part of The IET Scotland South West committee, we have available a small fund available to either provide small prizes or material to enable STEM investigations / competitions to be held in and around Glasgow.The aim is to promote STEM competitions in primary school to highlight to young people the different routes...
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07 May 2018

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Handy Hydro: Ultimate STEM Challenge

This is Challenge Two of the 2017-18 BP Ultimate Stem Challenge. The competition is open to teams of two to four students aged 11 to 14 from across the UK. Students can win some fantastic prizes, including an invitation to a celebratory event at the Science Museum, an Ultimate STEM experience day, £500 for their...
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