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Engineering a Better World

Engineering a Better World: a STEM resource inspired by the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

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Creating captivating cornflour

Creating captivating cornflour invites pupils to discover the properties of this curious material in a fun, but often messy activity. 

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Engineering enables: running blades

Engineering enables: running blades explores the forces in moving systems and materials, in the context of designing a prosthetic limb 

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The right switch: discover Quantum Tunnelling Composite and technical textiles

The right switch: discover Quantum Tunnelling Composite and technical textiles.

As we invest in more mobile technology, we run the risk of bulging pockets and heavy handbags. This activity looks at finding a solution to this problem.

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Moving house

Moving house: investigating earthquakes and building materials.
Did you know that buildings move? What happens to buildings in an earthquake or strong wind?

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The whole package: thermochromatic paints and smart food packaging

How is food packaged? Introducing thermochromatic paints and their application.

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Keeping it cool: how do you keep materials and tools cool in space?

Introducing ideas about keeping materials and tools cool in space.

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Perfect pylons: ensuring electricity reaches us in an easy and efficient way

As we try to use more renewable sources of energy and reduce our use of fossil fuels, it is important to ensure that electricity gets to us in an easy but efficient way

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In control: how can we harness the power of cycling to save energy?

Cycling grows in importance as we look towards sustainable transport to save energy.

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Milking it: making plastics, and experimenting with ideas for applications

Many products bought today are made from or contain plastic. How is it made, and what applications does it have?