Make it move: electric racer

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students build an electric racer powered by a super-capacitor. Students must construct the racer and choose which pulley ratio will enable it to cover the greatest distance.

Students decide on the pulley ratio...

Gold, storms and dinosaurs

In this podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Richard Hollingham looks at where and how to find gold while Sue Nelson finds out why weather forecasters still struggle to predict sudden, violent summer storms. Other reports discover...

Choosing a career in wind, wave and tidal energy

This resource from Renewable UK illustrates the wide range of careers available in the UK's renewable energy industry.

cre8ate maths

The cre8ate maths project was a CPD initiative for Yorkshire and Humberside teachers of mathematics. It features resources applying maths to key areas of the economy focusing on functional mathematics skills for Key Stage Three students. The project was developed by the Centre for Science...

Olympics: Are Women Improving Faster than Men?

One of the features of Olympic Games history is that women have had to win a series of battles to be able to compete. However, since they have been competing, there have been many cases where the women, at least for a while, have been improving faster than men. In this activity students explore...

Good ideas for algebra

The focus of the activities in this book from Polygon Resources is algebra and provides students with experience of finding and explaining rules by writing down what they notice in words.

Repeating Patterns introduces the idea of prediction based on known patterns.

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Redraw the balance

This video reveals the reality of gender stereotyping amongst primary school children. When asked to draw a firefighter, surgeon and a fighter pilot, 61 pictures were drawn of men and only 5 were female.  This film from Employers and Education helps to raise issues and challenge...

Will your party hat be funny or fantastic?

One of the units from the Nuffield Primary Solutions in Design and Technology. Children can design and make a decorated paper party hat to wear at a party they have helped to organise.

The party can be held to celebrate a particular calendar event such as Christmas or Easter, the end of...

Computing without computers

This book aims to be a gentle introduction to the main concepts of computer programming and the related subject of data structures and algorithms. Rather than focusing on particular programming languages that can appear alien and incomprehensible to beginners, it concentrates on the underlying...

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EnviroScience studie of nature and events

Welcome to enviroscience studie. It is just abridgement of environmental science found by i Jesmion Ibekwe. Jesmion is the research educator of EnviroScience. I have studied varieties, of online tasks and courses for years. I have been able to research about EnviroScience, just like deeper growth mindset also like...
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Selected resources used on the Differentiating for Learning in STEM Teaching MOOC

Enrol here for the free online Differentiating for Learning in STEM Teaching course led by Dylan Wiliam, Christine Harrison and Andrea Mapplebeck to help STEM teachers understand DfL. You can also join this goup if you want to continue the conversation after the end of the course or...
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29 July 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - CNC FABRICATION

The project foci is the design, development and adaptation of existing robotics 2D drawing files to support the creation of new parts for new and improved purposes. The initial exploration of 2D design is aimed to develop understanding and CAD skills to support the physical modelling, and the later stages more focused...
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27 July 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Autonomous Robotics Unit

This project encourages students to move beyond the VEX Robotics competition and typical classroom practice, and develop working knowledge of industrial, autonomous robotic solutions for the manufacturing sector. Students will ideally have completed the Tumbler Unit 1, Clawbot Unit 2, and Manufacturing Units 3.1 and 3...
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27 July 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 3.1: 3D Printing

This project encourages students to build upon their in-depth knowledge and experience of working with VEX EDR in unit 1 and unit 2, by integrating a wider range of sketching, computer aided design and prototyping skills. The aim of the project is to develop an outcome not possible in the current platform portfolio of...
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27 July 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 3.2: Laser Cutting

The project concentrates on the sketch process of new 2D forms, and their translation into 3D using plastic forming techniques. Through sketching there will be a process of modelling and iterative design exploration, leading to the development of a potential final solution that can both perform better towards a...
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27 July 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 2.0: Clawbot Build

The project concentrates on the design and manufacture of a VEX Clawbot using a prepared kit of robotics parts. The build is clearly led as a team assignment and leads to a specific outcome. Once the build is complete, pupils are challenged to extend the application of the kit and robot to lead to different and ever...
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27 July 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 1.1: Autodesk Inventor Tumbler Build

VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 1.1: Autodesk Inventor Tumbler Build looks at the process of constructing a virtual VEX Tumbler within the Autodesk Inventor software environment using the available digital VEX Robotics parts. This virtual robot can then be tested and modified using the tools available in the...
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25 July 2016

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VEX Robotics IQ Curriculum - Mix 'n' Match

This collection of VEX IQ Curriculum is designed so you can Mix 'n' Match the lesson content and number of lessons to your individual needs. Each lesson is created to act as a standalone unit, so if you want to focus on one specific subject this is possible. You are also able to link lessons into longer...
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25 July 2016

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The Salt Marsh App - discover, learn, survey

Have you ever explored a salt marsh?  The Salt Marsh App will introduce you to the unique variety of plants and animals found on salt marshes and you can carry out an interactive plant and soil survey.  ​You can download the free app and find further information about salt marshes and the...
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19 July 2016

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