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Disaster Response: How do Engineers Save Lives?

This suite of student activities, challenges and related resources aims to give students an insight into the roles of engineers following a natural disaster.The short introductory activities increase students’ awareness of the range of types of natural disaster and the kinds of problems associated with them, as well...
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2010 to date

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The Best of the Best

This resource consists of the following activities: *A happy crew?: students must decide what attributes are needed for a good mission crew. *Fit for space?: this activity looks at pulse rates. Students must prepare a presentation on how a fitness test could be used to screen applicants to the astronaut programme. *...
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2000 - 2009

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Biosphere

This resource contains activities based around the concept of astronauts living in space. It is intended that students try out all the activities before producing a specification for their biosphere.*Breathing: this activity describes how one can use simple equipment to measure the volume of air breathed at rest.*...
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2000 - 2009

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Life on Mars

This resource comprises of the following activities: *Geodesic domes: In this activity, students build a geodesic dome, suitable for a moonbase. *Choosing the site: students must research information about different possible sites for a moonbase and use the habitat requirements sheets to decide which site is most...
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2000 - 2009

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The Next Giant Leap

This resource comprises of six activities which include: *Electrodes and electrolytes: students must plan an investigation into which combinations of electrodes and electrolytes will provide electricity. *Investigation solar panels: students need to plan an investigation into three factors that they think may reduce...
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2000 - 2009

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Working in Teams

This resource is designed help students to work effectively in teams in order to support the other activities within the collection. *Mission patches: students must design a mission patch for their team. *Problem-solving plan: a tool to help students identify, break-down problems and identify the resources and steps...
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2000 - 2009

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Moonbase Beta

This resource is themed around building a moonbase. Students are given roles as technology, science or mathematics experts. Their tasks are to develop a detailed specification for the moonbase, to build a scale model, to review the suitability of its design once complete, to test the thermal conductivity and tensile...
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2000 - 2009

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Off the Planet

This resource consists of four activities including: *Escaping the Earth: this worksheet looks at mass ratios associated with rocket launches. Students must work with fractions and plot scatter graphs to find a correlation between takeoff mass and final mass. *Microrockets: students build drinking-straw rockets and...
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2000 - 2009

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The Big Picture

In the student activities booklet, students investigate the scale of the solar system in different ways: diameters of planets, distances between them and scaled masses. The Drake equation is an equation that can be used to estimate the number of civilisations in the Milky Way galaxy. The spreadsheet gives a range for...
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2000 - 2009

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Input, Process and Output

This resource looks at what properties of infra-red make it so useful in gaming technology? Students develop a working prototype of a simple infra-red electronic circuit, identify an input and an output and test the performance of the circuit. They then explain how the findings of their research could affect their...
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