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Rochester Bridge Trust Learning about Bridges Education Kit

The Rochester Bridge Trust was founded in 1399 to provide a crossing over the River Medway in Kent.  The Trust still provides free bridges today.  The Trust is passionate about bridge building and wants to encourage young people to find out more about bridges and become as enthusiastic as we are!  

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Light sabers presentation and experiments

Presentation on science of lightsabers and comparing them to lasers and plasma torches. Looking at uses of lasers. Experiments on light and colours

Science of Superheroes

Interactive presentations looking at science of superheroes relating to materials science. Materials investigations to choose material for spiderman's web, prison for Magneto etc.

Mars Lander

Presentation about colonising mars - landing and how live there. Group activity to make Mars Lander to safety land egg for height. In addition activity to make parachutes for Mars Lander

Tramway Planning

Tramway route planning. Geographical location can be changed to suit. Using only A-roads (or more minor) create a route for a new tram way. The tram must stop a X number of named locations. Unit price is given per cm of route and per road (e.g. 1 cm of tram way on a B road is £50 but 1cm of tram way on an A road...

Bridge Building

Bridge building activity. Practical and creative. Works especially well with a younger year group and older year group together (e.g. Year 1 & Year 5). Build the bridges and test them to destruction by bridging two tables. Winner is the best weight/strength ratio. Extra points can be given for elloborate...

Fan or Turbine Efficiency

A practical challenge for pupils based on a Design Council finalist project carried out by a 17 year-old.

The project includes the need for the pupils to provide a full report on their work.

 

Towers and Bridges with Marshmallows or Jelly Beans

Towers and Bridges with Marshmallows and straws or Jelly Beans and cocktail sticks

Bringing Tinkering to School: Ideas for Activities

Tinkering creates a bridging point between a learner’s personal interests and experiences and a broad range of possible learning outcomes. It offers valuable opportunities to engage all students in STEM and fosters a more inclusive STEM education. In this way, it is very much aligned with a Science Capital Teaching...

Seeing The Unseen - Radar. Practical, active group activity to discover how basic maths and physics help engineers to "see the unseen"

Group activity involving volunteers moving around a teaching space and using time, distance and speed measurements to locate a student taking on the role of an aircraft. 

Supports the use of Speed = Distance / Time and also the concept of radio waves travelling through space, giving practical meaning to...

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