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University of Sheffield | Help your students find out what Engineering Is through our interactive online game and book ‘Suzie & Ricky’

7-11yrs

Practical Action | After testing materials for absorbency and strength, and evaluating structures pupils design and build a flood-proof house then test by squirting with a hose pipe! 

14-16yrs | 7-11yrs

Dendrite | Design & Technology teaching content inspired by Bloodhound SSC linked to the national curriculum and written by D&T teachers working with this year group 

7-11yrs

Practical Action | A hugely popular STEM challenge where pupil design, build and test a model system for farmers in Nepal to move tomatoes down a mountainside. 

11-14yrs | 7-11yrs

CIBSE | Building services engineers help buildings function efficiently for people. It’s their job to ensure buildings operate effectively and sustainably.

14-16yrs

Dyson | Can you skewer a balloon without popping it? Or make raisins dance? Dyson engineers have designed these STEM challenges to encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering.

7-11yrs

CIBSE | Our buildings supply us electricity, gas, water, and light, and keep us warm or cool. That’s all down to technologies known as building services.

11-14yrs

Dendrite | Science teaching content inspired by Bloodhound SSC linked to the national curriculum and written by Science teachers working with this year group

7-11yrs

BBC Bitesize | Tim Peake describes how astronauts are protected in hostile conditions of space, before Fran Scott demonstrates how a comet can be made using everyday items.

7-11yrs

BBC Bitesize | Tim Peake explains ballistic re-entry and the measures in place to keep astronauts safe when it occurs.

11-14yrs, 14-16yrs

BBC Terrific Scientific | Help children discover their inner scientist with BBC Terrific Scientific. This collection of interactive resources for ages 9-11 is a great way to explore forces with your class.

7-11yrs

Imperial College London and Tigtag | Free online STEM news service for primary teachers. Bring science and engineering from the world around us into the classroom!

7-11yrs

BP | The Ultimate STEM Challenge 2017/18 final took place in March. Although the competition is closed, this challenge makes a great STEM club or Science lesson resource.

11-14yrs

BP | Celebrate the Year of Engineering with our latest video and PowerPoint resources which explore KS3 Science at the theme park

11-14yrs

BP | The Ultimate STEM Challenge competition gives students aged 11 to 14 the chance to put their STEM skills to the test and win fantastic prizes

11-14yrs

Act on STEM | Innovative teacher friendly tasks (and film!), endorsed by Horizon Nuclear Power, for KS2 , demonstrating the use of STEM subjects and skills in the nuclear industry 

7-11yrs

Act on STEM | Innovative teacher friendly tasks (and film!), endorsed by employers, for KS2 , demonstrating the use of STEM subjects and skills in the energy sector industries 

7-11yrs

Act on STEM | Innovative, teacher friendly tasks (and film!), endorsed by employers, to challenge and inspire KS2 on how STEM subjects and skills are used in construction 

7-11yrs

Ocado | Code For Life is a non-profit initiative from Ocado Technology that delivers free games and teaching materials to help students learn to code. 

7-11yrs

Sheffield Hallam University | Video about a female design engineer at JCB and the apprenticeship route she took to career success with Sheffield Hallam University

14-16yrs

Boeing UK | Meet the aerospace engineers and find out more about the physics of flight 

7-11yrs | 11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

Curved House Kids |KS1&2 creative activity from Curved House Kids Education to design your own spacesuit and learn more about the science behind spacesuits. Includes teaching notes, curriculum links and ideas for differentiation.

7-11yrs

Women's Engineering Society | Explore the world of engineering with WES YMB’s young female engineers by trying out these quick and simple STEM challenges using household items.

7-11yrs | 11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

Women's Engineering Society | INWED18 Resource Pack is full of ways to get involved in celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2018. Download to get planning for 23 June!

7-11yrs | 11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

Women's Engineering Society | Help celebrate International Women in Engineering Day. Aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2, a great way to get your school involved. Closing date 25 June 

7-11yrs

Institution of Civil Engineers | Become civil engineers in the classroom – building and testing a barge to carry tunnelling spoil to create new wildlife habitat. Based on real Crossrail activities. For 11-14 years.

11-14yrs

Institution of Civil Engineers | Discover the civil engineering that’s all around us with this fun classroom activity sheet for younger primary pupils. 

7-11yrs

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Skills Development Scotland | Short film which explores how Touch Bionics engineers work in a multi-disciplinary team and use biomedical knowledge, research, design and technical skills to create prosthetic limbs.

11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

Towards Vision | Outreach activity for secondary students on historical female engineers, which includes a hands-on activity to replicate the aircraft building work of women during WW1

11-14yrs

Rochester Bridge Trust | Twelve engaging sessions on the basics of bridge engineering, aimed at children aged 8-11 years. 

7-11yrs

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WISE | Help girls explore how they can be happy and successful in STEM careers. Teacher resources for raising awareness and aspirations

11-14yrs

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Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine | This video shows young people making a difference to people’s lives by applying  physics and engineering to medicine. 

11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

Practical Action | Using locally sourced materials and sticking within budget pupils design, build and test a hand washing devise for a primary school in Kenya 

11-14yrs

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IET | Teams of primary school students will design an aeroplane and then construct a transporter to move it to the next stage of development.

7-11yrs

IET | Students will design and construct a rocket which will transport supplies via Earth orbit to the astronauts on Mars.

11-14yrs

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IPEM | This video shows young people working in medical engineering who use their passion for engineering to make a difference to people’s lives.

11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

Science Museum | 3D IMX film with examples of how engineers are helping to design a better world

7-11yrs | 11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

1851 Trust | Resources covering the different ways in which energy can be stored and transferred

11-14yrs

Practical Action | After looking at issues related to access to clean water around the world pupils design, build and test their own water filters.

7-11yrs

The Welding Institute | A fun hands-on activity exploring welding principles and mechanical testing. Enjoyed by both children and adults, it can be conducted at home or in school.

7-11yrs

1851 Trust | Resources covering terms used to describe the properities of objects or materials  

11-14yrs

The Institute of Engineering and Technology | An engaging practical lesson where students assemble a simple electric motor from everyday items in order to develop an understanding of how electric motors function. 

11-14yrs

BAFTA | Young Game Designers is a year-round programme of activity that gives young people and educators unique insight and access into the games industry. It comprises an annual competition for 10-18 year-olds, online teaching resources and workshops around the UK.

7-11yrs | 11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

Royal Academy of Engineering | Set of STEM challenges related to the need for shelter and clean water 

11-14yrs

The Institute of Engineering and Technology | Teams of primary school students will design a way of getting lighthouse keepers back to the mainland from a lighthouse using a zip wire.

7-11yrs

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Royal Academy of Engineering | To what extent does engineering design make a difference to a wheelchair athlete’s performance?

11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

Engineers Without Borders UK | A workshop to encourage pupils to explore the challenges associated with access to clean and reliable electricity

7-11yrs | 11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

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Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine | This video shows young people working in medical physics who use their passion for physics to make a difference to people’s lives.

11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

Royal Academy of Engineering | Students must identify factors that influence the performance of the bob skeleton through practical, mathematical and scientific activities.

11-14yrs

1851 Trust | Chemistry resources covering the meaning of the term sustainability and what this means in terms of the carbon cycle.

11-14yrs

Royal Academy of Engineering | KS3 resources which allow the learning of maths within the engineering context of deployable structures

11-14yrs

Engineers Without Borders UK | A workshop to encourage pupils to explore the challenges associated with access to safe and clean drinking water 

7-11yrs | 11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

Royal Academy of Engineering | KS3 resources which explore how different indigenous populations have used engineering to allow them to live in extreme environments

11-14yrs

BMW | Curriculum-based resource helping pupils aged 11-16 years understand sustainability and mobility challenges and how applications of science, design and technology can limit environmental impact.

11-14yrs | 11-16yrs

Science Museum | Engineer Your Future aims to engage and inspire 11 to 15-year-olds about engineering careers. This pack includes three classroom activities to encourage students to explore the skills inspiring women and men engineers use. 

11-16yrs

The Institute of Engineering and Technology | An engaging set of tasks to demonstrate various theories related to the use of magnets, such as electromagnetic induction, chaos theory and magnetic fields.

11-14yrs

British Science Association | Hands-on secondary engineering activities for British Science Week. Redesign a pen to get the perfect fit and explore different ways to create colourful fabrics with dyes.

11-14yrs | 14-16yrs

British Science Association | Hands-on primary engineering activities for British Science Week. Construct a cart to protect a basket of tomatoes and make your own ocean grabber to explore the deep.

7-11yrs

STEM Learning | Videos from apprentices and principal engineers at Cammell Laird, the shipyard responsible for the building of the RRS Sir David Attenborough.  


16-18yrs

Born to Engineer | This activity asks students to consider the biology of cancer and to explore the use of magnetic fields and ultrasound in cancer treatment. 

14-16yrs

Born to Engineer | In this lesson, students look at fluctuations in electricity sources by analysing data from MyGridGB - Charting GB Energy, exploring campaigns for carbon emission reduction on sources of electrical power and the site campaigns for reducing carbon emissions. This lesson is suitable for students aged 14-16.

11-14yrs | 14-16yrs