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Writing a Flowchart

This engineering activity, suitable for children in computing lessons, looks at the basics of flowchart construction. Simple examples, such as the decisions made by a dog chasing a stick, are used to make flowchart representation of algorithms accessible to younger children. A simple design activity requires...

Saving the planet one journey at a time

This maths-based challenge explores sustainable travel, developing student understanding of the effects that some modes of transport have on the environment and ways of reducing it.

Students are asked to compare alternative methods of transport by calculating journey times and their carbon footprints.  The...

Heart Rate Monitor

In this challenge, students are asked to consider the impact of people suffering from heart conditions, both to the individual and to wider society. They then generate ideas for using programmable systems to improve people’s health, and to monitor themselves. A video introduces the idea of a heart rate monitor, and...

DIY Faraday Challenge: Smart Cycle

The IET DIY Faraday Challenge Day ‘Smart Cycle’ is a DIY STEM activity day but it could be adapted to be run as a suite of lessons. The aim of this challenge is to introduce students to cutting edge technology which engineers are, and will be using in the future and this challenge will work best if you have access...

CPD taster - Making an impact in EYFS: Using the outdoors to promote ‘Understanding of the World’

This is a CPD taster created to give teachers a better understanding of what to expect when joining one of our primary science courses. Below you will find a video and a task for you to do in your own time. Once you have done the activity, ...

pH scale

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Describe how to find out, safely, whether a solution is an acid.
  • Identify and give examples of alkalis.
  • Describe what information an indicator provides.
  • Interpret...

Supplying Cells: the Human Circulatory, Digestive and Gas Exchange

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Describe simply the structures and functions of the human digestive system.

  • Describe simply the structures and functions of the human circulatory system.

  • ...

Recycling Plastics *suitable for home teaching*

This film, from Twig World, looks at the differences between thermosetting, thermo softening and partially biodegradable plastics, and how they can be recycled.

The key points made in the film are:

A lot of plastic is thrown away and most is non-biodegradable Plastic can be recycled using mechanical...

50+ Primary level STEM activities for any classroom

We know that in the current situation, STEM activities may be harder to run, especially with concerns about sharing equipment in groups.  We have selected over 50 activities that can be done in any classroom, with very little equipment.  These can...

Engineering in a pandemic

This resource explores the vital role engineers play in responding to a global pandemic. It is designed to provide practical and contextualised tasks that demonstrate the role that STEM-based learning plays in real-world engineering scenarios.

Challenges in this STEM resource include:

  • building...

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