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Manufacturing - technical briefs

These technical briefs focus on manufacturing on a small-scale. It is an important livelihood for many people in the developing world and businesses are usually run by a family or a small group within the same community.

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

Line ups

In this activity students literally form a line to demonstrate their understanding of  the environmental, economic and social impact of everyday products, then discuss and debate.  The activity helps them understand the impact of everyday products throughout their life cycle from manufacturing to disposal.

Iodine Initiative - Secondary Global Upd8

In this activity students discover how a Tanzanian initiative reduced iodine deficiency diseases, and look at lessons the UK can learn from the example of this African nation. According to recent reports, up to 70% of British young people do not take in enough iodine. Iodine deficiency causes goiter and brain...

Acids and redox: delivery guide for AS and A level chemistry

This booklet contains a range of suggested teaching activities and contexts for acids and redox reactions at A level. Curriculum links include acids, redox, titration, calculations, oxidation, reduction, and formulae.

Although produced to support the teaching of OCR AS/A Level Chemistry A specifications (...

Biomimicry - Morphing design strategies for creative thinking

Part two of a series of five lessons covering biomimicry students will develop strategies to produce creative design ideas using nature and natural forms as inspiration. Students will understand through designer examples (Alessi) how companies take inspiration using morphing as a strategy. A series of activities...

Deciding Destinations KS2

The premise of this activity is that the school is sending a rover to Mars. It is the job of the class to decide where the rover should land on Mars. Children work in groups to investigate 6 potential landing sites and weighing up the pros and cons of each. To reach a decision the class...

The Human Skeleton and Muscles

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Recall that the human body contains a skeleton and muscles for support, protection and movement.

  • Recall that bones and muscles are living tissues made up of cells....

Supplying Cells: the Human Circulatory, Digestive and Gas Exchange

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Describe simply the structures and functions of the human digestive system.

  • Describe simply the structures and functions of the human circulatory system.

  • ...

Working Together: Cells, Tissues and Organ Systems

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Recall that multicellular organisms have different parts with different functions.

  • Recall that the parts of a multicellular organism are made up of cells.

  • ...

James Webb Space Telescope

This IET DIY Faraday Challenge asks students to design and prototype a product or process involved in creating the James Webb Space Telescope. Your design must include an electric circuit and should be designed as a working prototype.

The James Webb Space Telescope (or Webb for short), will allow us...

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