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Becoming a STEM Enthusiast

These activities have been developed for the National HE STEM Programme to be used in conjunction with the video resources found in this collection.

Activities for staff developers contains activities aimed at Higher Education staff developers. The first activity outlines...

The Inspired Bus Company (11-14)

This resource from Siemens encourages students to explore the challenges facing bus designers when producing a bus for an urban environment and investigate how different solutions can be identified and evaluated.

The video clip introduces the bus as something which is essential to a wide range of people...

Here Comes the Sun (11-14)

This activity encourages students to explore the factors affecting decisions about energy sources. The video clip is used to set the challenge in a real life context. Buma lives is a town called Abuja and, although he likes the city itself, the regular power cuts present him with a dilemma: using the petrol...

Water, Water, Everywhere? (11-14)

This resource, from Siemens UK, encourages students to appreciate the importance of clean water and the problems that may arise in the absence of it. Students consider soluble and insoluble pollutants and methods of filtration. They then explore contamination by microorganisms, water-borne diseases and the...

Totally in Control (11-14)

In this activity from Siemens, students explore the need for an automated control system in the context of a fairground ride.

Through the sequence of activities, students will:

• Identify how sequences of commands can be used to run equipment and how logic operation can respond to inputs and...

eZero Island (11-14)

This resource from Siemens allows students to explore the challenges in making an island self-sufficient. They consider the varied energy requirements across the island and design an energy supply system that does not rely on fossil fuels.

As well as making decisions about how to provide energy, students...

Build Your Own Robot Arm

This resource sets the challenge of designing a robot arm which can pick up a cup from a defined distance. Students then evaluate their design and suggest modifications.

They are also asked to consider which scientific and algebraic principles could be applied to the activity as well as considering their...

Plant Detectives Activity 2: Name That Plant

In this resource, aimed at upper primary level, children identify unknown seeds by observing them and carrying out an investigation into the conditions different seeds require to germinate.

Teacher guidance is provided along with an extra activity which details how to make a plant pot from newspaper.

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Launch

In this activity, students look at the RNLI’s high-speed Shannon class lifeboats and launch vehicles which use hydraulics as a propulsion system. They explore the relationship between force, pressure and area and how forces are transmitted through liquids. Students also investigate how the output force of a jet...

Navigation

This resource is designed to enable students to be able to describe the differences between scalar and vector quantities, be able to calculate velocity, acceleration and distance covered and to be able to calculate resultant velocity of parallel vectors and vectors at right angles to each other.

Students...

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