Engineering materials for a greener planet


Engineering materials for a greener planet lets pupils explore the creative and practical side of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, as well as introducing the essential role engineers have in deciding what materials to use.

Each activity is straightforward, fun and designed so that students can work together to develop teamwork skills and reasoning, as well as career awareness through practical STEM application.

The whole resource which includes the teacher's guide can be downloaded by clicking this link.

Support sheets can be downloaded by clicking this link.

One of our 46 teacher coordinators has put together a set of handy videos providing guidance on how to plan and use each of the activities. Watch the overview video below. A link for the corresponding video to each activity can be found in the activities table.

How can materials engineers solve the biggest environmental challenges facing our generation?

Engineering materials for a greener planet features a series of real-world engineering activities that puts the environment at the heart of learning.

  1. Materials to circumnavigate the globe
  2. Cleaning up the world's oceans
  3. 3D printing sustainable buildings of the future
Each global challenge is linked to Engineering Habits of Mind (EHoM), which explores ways to create better and more engaging learning opportunities for would-be engineers.

Watch this video explaining EHoM and how the core skills are embedded into the Greener Planet resource.

Each challenge contains a series of STEM activities for primary and secondary school students to undertake and is supported by real-life case studies of engineers and experts in their specialist fields.

Download all case studies.

  • Josh Mitchell: Big Bang Young Engineer of the Year 2018
  • Emma Shavick: Mechanical engineer - clean manufacturing
  • Robert Edwin Rouse: Mathematician, designer, engineer

Video guide

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Overview video on the contents of the Greener Planet box created by one of our Teacher Coordinators.


This resource gives students the opportunity to run their own investigations and project work. Working together in self-managed groups, students complete five challenges to receive a CREST award.

CREST is an easy-to-run STEM enrichment scheme. It enables 5 to 19 year olds to build skills and demonstrate personal achievement in STEM project work that supports curriculum-based learning.

CREST, run by the British Science Association accredits national schemes and offers tangible benefits to both students and teachers.

Watch the video below explaining the CREST award and how students can work towards a Discovery award through the Greener Planet resource.