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  • Are you looking for activities that will engage your children aged 5-16 years whilst they are learning at home?  We’ve pulled together our top learning at home resources that we hope will inspire you and your children during the lockdown period.
    Practical Action home learning resources
    Are you looking for activities that will engage your children aged 5-16 years whilst they are learning at home? We’ve pulled together our top learning at home resources that we hope will inspire you and your children during the lockdown period.
  • The British Psychological Society has published new guidance to support education professionals to meet the psychological needs of children as they plan for their return to school during the Coronavirus crisis.
    BPS Back to School Guidance
    The British Psychological Society has published new guidance to support education professionals to meet the psychological needs of children as they plan for their return to school during the Coronavirus crisis.
  • It looks at the importance and impact of role models on the next generation by profiling STEM professionals. The campaign looks at what their influences were as children and how this shaped them into the individuals they are today.
    Look At Me Now campaign
    It looks at the importance and impact of role models on the next generation by profiling STEM professionals. The campaign looks at what their influences were as children and how this shaped them into the individuals they are today.
  • The ever popular Faraday Challenge Day materials are ideal for using at home with your children. All activities are supported by teachers' notes, risk assessments and children's resources such as videos, presentations and guidance sheets.
    IET Home-learning resources and activities
    The ever popular Faraday Challenge Day materials are ideal for using at home with your children. All activities are supported by teachers' notes, risk assessments and children's resources such as videos, presentations and guidance sheets.
  • CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) is a UK-wide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) award scheme managed by the British Science Association.
    CREST Awards
    CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) is a UK-wide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) award scheme managed by the British Science Association.
  • Challenge your students to take on a real life problem affecting people in Nepal.
    The Squashed Tomato Challenge
    Challenge your students to take on a real life problem affecting people in Nepal.
  • What’s in my tray was created on social media to encourage teachers and technicians to use their Gratnells trays as part of their teaching resources.
    What's in my tray?
    What’s in my tray was created on social media to encourage teachers and technicians to use their Gratnells trays as part of their teaching resources.
  • A collaboration between Siemens and the Girls’ School Association (GSA). TV presenter and scientist Fran Scott presents an interactive, curriculum-linked stage show to build confidence and motivate girls to consider a job using STEM subjects.
    See Women
    A collaboration between Siemens and the Girls’ School Association (GSA). TV presenter and scientist Fran Scott presents an interactive, curriculum-linked stage show to build confidence and motivate girls to consider a job using STEM subjects.
  • UK charity Greenpower Education Trust is inviting schools to enter the Greenpower Challenge with the aid of a bursary scheme, supported by Siemens. Closing date for the next round of bursary applications is Friday 14 February 2020.
    The Greenpower Challenge
    UK charity Greenpower Education Trust is inviting schools to enter the Greenpower Challenge with the aid of a bursary scheme, supported by Siemens. Closing date for the next round of bursary applications is Friday 14 February 2020.
  • IOPSpark is growing bank of over 2000 free, inter-linked IOP education resources and has been designed to give teachers, trainees and teacher trainers a one-stop-destination to access the best physics resources and thinking available.
    IOP Resources
    IOPSpark is growing bank of over 2000 free, inter-linked IOP education resources and has been designed to give teachers, trainees and teacher trainers a one-stop-destination to access the best physics resources and thinking available.
  • OurFuture.Energy is the place to find all the energy themed resources you'll need for your classroom
    OurFuture.Energy
    OurFuture.Energy is the place to find all the energy themed resources you'll need for your classroom
  • We have worked with the British Science Association to ensure a number of our resources can be used to help pupils achieve a British Science Association CREST Award at different levels. Suitable for primary and secondary pupils.
    Crest Awards through Practical Action STEM Challenges
    We have worked with the British Science Association to ensure a number of our resources can be used to help pupils achieve a British Science Association CREST Award at different levels. Suitable for primary and secondary pupils.
  •  This lesson activity encourages pupils to consider who is reponsible for ensuring we achieve the Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs).  Suitable for pupils 9-18 it stimulates discussion and debate, and help pupils recognise the role they themselves have to play.
    Who's responsible for gloabl goals?
    This lesson activity encourages pupils to consider who is reponsible for ensuring we achieve the Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs). Suitable for pupils 9-18 it stimulates discussion and debate, and help pupils recognise the role they themselves have to play.
  • Practical Action have produced a range of different materials to support teachers in helping pupils understand the Global Goals and their targets;  why they are important in reducing world poverty, and how pupils can take action themselves to help achieve them. Several activities for pupils aged 8-18.
    Global Goals
    Practical Action have produced a range of different materials to support teachers in helping pupils understand the Global Goals and their targets; why they are important in reducing world poverty, and how pupils can take action themselves to help achieve them. Several activities for pupils aged 8-18.
  • Exploring energy resources provides students with an insight into their future, as the world’s energy mix is likely to look very different in the coming decades as we tackle the challenges of climate change a growing world population, and the need to connect over a billion people who currently don’t have access to electricity.
    OF.E and ASE Energy Resources Project
    Exploring energy resources provides students with an insight into their future, as the world’s energy mix is likely to look very different in the coming decades as we tackle the challenges of climate change a growing world population, and the need to connect over a billion people who currently don’t have access to electricity.
  • OurFuture.Energy is an online education resource for 11-16 year olds, which aims to inform young people of the importance of energy in our daily lives, the basic science behind it and the challenges we face in balancing our energy use and supply to meet demand
    OurFuture.Energy
    OurFuture.Energy is an online education resource for 11-16 year olds, which aims to inform young people of the importance of energy in our daily lives, the basic science behind it and the challenges we face in balancing our energy use and supply to meet demand
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is the operational partner for the FLL® competition in the UK and Ireland. FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) is a global science and technology competition with over 250,000 young people taking part each year.
    First Lego League
    The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is the operational partner for the FLL® competition in the UK and Ireland. FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) is a global science and technology competition with over 250,000 young people taking part each year.
  • Delivered free of charge by the IET, Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.
    IET Faraday Challenge Days
    Delivered free of charge by the IET, Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.
  • A range of free primary and secondary curriculum support posters, related to various aspects of electricity and power. IET also work as part of Tomorrow's Engineers and these additional engineering posters are available for download or order.
    Free A2 posters from IET
    A range of free primary and secondary curriculum support posters, related to various aspects of electricity and power. IET also work as part of Tomorrow's Engineers and these additional engineering posters are available for download or order.
  • Run your very own Challenge in school with these online DIY Faraday Challenge Days.  These are packages of printable and electronic resources and guidance notes for teachers and technicians that take you through the day.
    IET Faraday DIY Challenge Days
    Run your very own Challenge in school with these online DIY Faraday Challenge Days. These are packages of printable and electronic resources and guidance notes for teachers and technicians that take you through the day.
  • A range of colourful posters freely available from Practical Action.
    Practical Action Posters
    A range of colourful posters freely available from Practical Action.
  • Questions around technology and the right to access it in today’s world  and more are explored in this engaging set of resources for students aged 9-19.
    Technology Justice
    Questions around technology and the right to access it in today’s world and more are explored in this engaging set of resources for students aged 9-19.
  • Evaluating renewable energy resources, Moja Island is a discussion based 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.
    Moja Island
    Evaluating renewable energy resources, Moja Island is a discussion based 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.
  • Support your students to evaluate products and designs. The Practical Action evaluation tools give students (aged 7-19) an opportunity to analyse their products, designs or existing products.
    Practical Action evaluation tools
    Support your students to evaluate products and designs. The Practical Action evaluation tools give students (aged 7-19) an opportunity to analyse their products, designs or existing products.
  • A series of three videos presented by Ortis Deley, technology justice is all about ensuring everyone has access to technology that is essential for life.
    #techjustice in action
    A series of three videos presented by Ortis Deley, technology justice is all about ensuring everyone has access to technology that is essential for life.
  • A design challenge for students aged 7 to 14. Students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us lead a more sustainable future.
    Small Is Challenge
    A design challenge for students aged 7 to 14. Students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us lead a more sustainable future.
  • Images from Practical Action's projects around the world, helping poor people use technology to improve their lives. All images can be used by teachers and students for educational purposes.
    Practical Action galleries
    Images from Practical Action's projects around the world, helping poor people use technology to improve their lives. All images can be used by teachers and students for educational purposes.
  • Who's most at risk? is an exciting role play activity that enables pupils aged 11-18 years to understand some of the key factors that place people around the world at risk from the effects of natural hazards.
    Who's most at risk
    Who's most at risk? is an exciting role play activity that enables pupils aged 11-18 years to understand some of the key factors that place people around the world at risk from the effects of natural hazards.
  • These documents identify opportunities where teaching in a global context enriches pupils’ learning in the new science curricular for ages 7-14 and give examples of Practical Action's teaching resources for science.  They are available for the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland curricula.
    Global learning opportunities linked to the curriculum
    These documents identify opportunities where teaching in a global context enriches pupils’ learning in the new science curricular for ages 7-14 and give examples of Practical Action's teaching resources for science. They are available for the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland curricula.
  • Downloadable resources aimed at pupils aged 7-14 working in teams as they learn about energy, energy resources and differences in energy access around the world. They go on to design and build their own wind turbine
    Power for the world
    Downloadable resources aimed at pupils aged 7-14 working in teams as they learn about energy, energy resources and differences in energy access around the world. They go on to design and build their own wind turbine
  • Aquaculture is a $100 billion global industry that supplies almost half the world's demand for fish and is the fastest growing animal-food producing sector worldwide. Copper alloys inherently resist biofouling, without any special treatments or additions.
    Copper Alloys in Aquaculture
    Aquaculture is a $100 billion global industry that supplies almost half the world's demand for fish and is the fastest growing animal-food producing sector worldwide. Copper alloys inherently resist biofouling, without any special treatments or additions.
  • A free online illustrated encyclopaedia for children
    Q-files
    A free online illustrated encyclopaedia for children
  • A basic introduction to the DC motor
    Copper - Electric Motor
    A basic introduction to the DC motor
  • Copper coils create the magnetic field in electromagnets
    Copper and Electromagnets
    Copper coils create the magnetic field in electromagnets
  • A useful downloadable infographic poster on world hydropower capacity.
    Alstom hydropwer infographic
    A useful downloadable infographic poster on world hydropower capacity.
  • A graphic view of the history of electricity in your own time machine
    Electricity Timeline
    A graphic view of the history of electricity in your own time machine
  • Everything about engineering, schoool activities, events and careers in one place.
    Tomorrow's Engineers
    Everything about engineering, schoool activities, events and careers in one place.
  • Suitable for KS2-3 (age 7-14) pupils use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house.
    Beat the Flood
    Suitable for KS2-3 (age 7-14) pupils use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house.
  • Mathematics learning and teaching resources for all school ages
    NRICH enriching mathematics
    Mathematics learning and teaching resources for all school ages
  • A cartoon story showing the surprising impact of copper in our everyday lives.
    Copper - The Friendly Metal
    A cartoon story showing the surprising impact of copper in our everyday lives.
  • A detailed study of the role of copper in electrical motors, transformers, transmission through the grid. Resistance, resistivity and drift velocity are covered in detail.
    Copper and Electricity
    A detailed study of the role of copper in electrical motors, transformers, transmission through the grid. Resistance, resistivity and drift velocity are covered in detail.
  • A guide to the mechanics, chemistry and electrochemistry of commercial copper extraction.
    Copper Mining
    A guide to the mechanics, chemistry and electrochemistry of commercial copper extraction.
  • Copper is one of the most recyclable metals. This e-source looks at the science and environmental benefits behind recycling.
    Copper Recycling and Sustainability
    Copper is one of the most recyclable metals. This e-source looks at the science and environmental benefits behind recycling.
  • Aerosols - How do they work? ARCHIVE
    For students aged between 11 and 14 years. The aerosol can turns out to be a useful way of learning about pressure and kinetic theory. Lots of really helpful interactive graphics.
  • Aerosols & Pressure ARCHIVE
    For students aged between 14 and 16 years. A more advanced handling of kinetic theory and gas laws, using aerosols as a case study, with really useful interactive graphics.
  • Take a virtual tour of an oil platform and Fawley oil refinery. Find out how oil is found, extracted and processed. NEW worksheets added.
    Discover Petroleum
    Take a virtual tour of an oil platform and Fawley oil refinery. Find out how oil is found, extracted and processed. NEW worksheets added.
  • Travel round one of the largest manufacturing sites in the world to find out how crude oil is converted into fuel and oil products that drive the global economy.
    Fawley Oil Refinery Tour
    Travel round one of the largest manufacturing sites in the world to find out how crude oil is converted into fuel and oil products that drive the global economy.

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