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Plastic challenge

This resource contains a series of lessons which are designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of plastics and plastic waste on a global scale. Linking to materials and their properties, the environment, recycling and design and technology, they contain investigations and activities aimed at both...

Water Supply and Developing Countries

This resource pack can be used to highlight issues such as global water scarcity, the challenges people face when sourcing water and maintaining a water supply in developing countries and the role of the engineers in solving these problems. Following a quick quiz, a presentation introduces the scale of local and...

Mission X: train like an astronaut *suitable for home teaching*

Mission X is supported by the UK Space Agency, ESA and NASA. It is a free education programme developed by NASA scientists and fitness professional working with astronaut and space agencies across the world. Mission X uses the excitement of space exploration to inspire...

Izzy the Inspector

Izzy the Inspector is a colourfully illustrated resource which looks at plant diseases and their causes. The booklet introduces causes of disease in plants including bacteria, viruses, insects, fungi and nematodes.  This is done through activities such as picture to word matching, colouring, and word searches. ...

Wright Site construction challenge

The Wright Site Challenge is a virtual experience of life as a construction worker. The resource is an interactive walk-through journey from induction to site work. Students can explore a variety of roles in construction and learn about how to...

STEM Ambassador activity: creating captivating cornflour

The information sheet, from the Royal Academy of Engineering, covers what materials are required and encourages students to think about how a material alters as it is processed and how it can be used. Students are encouraged to think about engineering applications for a material and also the marketing of a product...

Student-led STEM Clubs - Handbook

A useful handbook for setting up a student-led STEM club, with exemplars from three schools.

It is increasingly recognised that giving students opportunities to act as ambassadors and mentors for STEM subjects outside of school can be of great benefit to the individual, their institution, and to the broader...

STEM Club Activity: milking it

This activity looks at the use of plastics. Because the manufacture of plastics requires huge quantities of oil and produces pollutants including greenhouse gases alternative sources of raw materials are required. This activity will enable students to explore how to make plastics and experiment with different...

Environmental manager

David works for the Scottish Parliament as an environmental manager. He is responsible for trying to understand the environmental impact of the parliament, such as the amount of energy it uses.  The parliament has set itself challenging targets to reduce the amount of gas and electricity it uses through initiatives...

Environmental improvement manager

Nathan is an environmental improvement manager at North East Lincolnshire County Council.  He looks at the impact of the council on climate change and what they can do to reduce that impact across the full range of council services.  He’s essentially an ‘eco-warrior’ for the council.

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