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Flood Alert

In this lesson, students devise their own flood warning device and create a technical brief for an international audience using recognised circuit symbols. They also consider how people both here and in Nepal can best prepare for floods. Heavy monsoon rains can devastate communities in Nepal. The severe flooding...

Floating Garden STEM challenge

This challenge, from Practical Action, requires students to design and build a model structure that will enable farmers to grow crops even in an area that may become flooded. A floating garden, built on a base of aquatic weeds, is a cheap and sustainable way of allowing people to grow vegetables. The resource can...

Energy revision cards

Resources which can be used to enhance a lesson on renewable energy or for homework activities. Includes:

  • A loop game activity with all the key words and facts needed at KS4
  • A renewable energy word search and the answer sheet
  • Crossword to test knowledge of key terms around energy at...

Energy - technical briefs

These technical briefs focus on energy access as a key element in lifting people out of poverty. In remote locations small-scale renewable energy technologies that can be used include micro-hydro, solar, wind and biogas.

Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are...

Ditch the dirt

This challenge enables pupils to model and test filters as a way of making dirty water cleaner. It can also be used to explore ways of making water safe to drink.  Curriculum links include separation techniques and pure substances.

The challenge can provide a focus for National Science and Engineering Week,...

Cool Creations: Design a Tower

This practical resource from BP Educational Service provides an opportunity for children at Key Stage Two to learn about science through a design and technology project. Students have to design a tower, aiming to make the tallest tower they can from a sheet of A4 paper. They are given an introductory slideshow to...

Sandy seeds - Primary Global upd8

Aimed at primary level, this resource provides a practical context to explore the requirements of plants for life and growth. Children are introduced to the ways in which local communities in Bangladesh successfully grow enough pumpkins for themselves and to sell to provide an income. This leads into an...

Smoky homes

Aimed at primary aged students, this STEM project provides a real-life context to explore the health and environmental problems faced by the 3 billion people globally who cook on open fires or traditional cooking stoves. Children are introduced to a family in Nepal and learn about indoor air pollution from their...

Solar Challenge

Students investigate the generation of electricity by solar cells and how this can transform the lives of people without access to mains electricity.  The challenge is based on Practical Action's work in Gwanda, Zimbabwe.  

Squashed tomato STEM challenge

This Practical Action resource presents a fun hands-on and brains-on challenge for Key Stages Two to Five.

The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local...

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