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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...

Eco-design web

The Eco-design web is a useful tool to help students’ analyse an existing product or design. It can also be used to indicate areas of the product that can be redesigned to improve its environmental sustainability.

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,...

Design for a better world

Design for a better world is a design challenge for students aged 11-14 years. It offers students the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the global goals for sustainable development.
  • Access a range of global contexts including water and sanitation, food security and climate action in which to...

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 single sheet of A4 paper, the tallest free-standing tower and the longest possible span between...

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...

Sustainable Stories And Solutions For Our Planet

This resource contains practical and discussion activities which link to many areas of the science curriculum including materials and their properties, balanced diets, many aspects of working scientifically and sustainability.

Activities include:

Which metal? - investigate the...

Design Club: Design a Helpful Mobile App

Design Club is a social enterprise set up to help children become design thinkers. We create industry-standard resources to help people run design thinking clubs and workshops for 9-13 year olds.

This set of resources contains everything you need to run a Design Club taster project: worksheets, a delivery...

Fractions: Mixed Numbers

Converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions – The explanation begins by showing the difference between a proper fraction, an improper fraction and a mixed number. Pictorial representations of the fractions are used to aid understanding of how a mixed number and an improper fraction represent the...

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...

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