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Heart Rate Investigation

This resource uses the context of football to introduce a heart rate investigation. Students take part in suggested exercises and measure their heart rate and recovery time.  They need to plot of graph of their heart rate for different activities, and are encouraged to decide the axis and scale of the graph for...

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.  

Water for the World

This activity looks at water consumption on a local and global scale. Students learn about the main water contaminants and various methods of purification and the role of engineers and their approach to design challenges. The resource aims to inspire an interest in water conservation and to introduce students to...

Yummy yoghurt makers - CREST

A CREST investigation produced by Practical Action, in collaboration with the British Science Association, for primary pupils. 

Students find out  how farmers in Bangladesh can earn more money for their family by turning milk into yoghurt.  They go on to make a range of different flavoured yoghurts...

Hydraulic Propagator

The Propagator project introduces students to hydraulic systems and their inner workings. Using a few household items and craft materials, students can build a propagator with a basic hydraulic system that will help them care for their seedlings.

At primary level, the set up of a propagator needs to...

Meal deal

In this resource students explore the science of combustion in the context of fuel-burning stoves from around the world. They investigate the energy output from a variety of fuels covering calorific values, simple combustion chemistry, stove efficiency and chimney design. The unit ends with a design task requiring...

Food preservation

This teaching resource examines the role of science and technology in preserving food as an important part of global food security. It considers the scale of food spoilage across the globe and the consequences of this for people and their diets. Students investigate simple ways of preserving food relating their...

Bridges and Structures

These activities from Cre8ate maths sets challenges which require pupils to be constructive, creative and think strategically about simple structures.

Working in groups of 3 or 4, students create structures from a...

Wild Weather

This resource looks at the impact of climate change, in particular flooding and drought, and how science can be used to mitigate against it. Students first explore perceptions about climate change, then look at ways to communicate the significance of climate change to different groups of people. They then explore...

Hand Eye Coordination

This hand eye co-ordination activity from Cre8ate maths involves the collection of real data, hypothesis testing and scatter graphs. The extensions may also include the use of a variety of averages. Health professionals often have to assess a wide variety of attributes including hand eye co-ordination. This topic...

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