Popular Steam projects for secondary

Nicola Davison
13th June 2017
Science, secondary, Stem, Steam, project, British Science Week, KS3, KS4, GCSE, post-16, A-level, Year 7, Year 8, Y`ear 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13

Cross-curricular investigations and activities to inspire pupils to work together and think creatively

While it can be argued that we should be providing opportunities for students to engage in Stem or Steam projects all year round, it can be hard to find the time in an already packed curriculum. When you do have a lesson or two to spare, we’ve made it easier for you to get staight down to it by highlighting seven stimulating ideas designed to motivate learners to think outside the box. 

Popular Steam resources

  1. Real-world investigations
    Encourage pupils to design experiments around any of the thought-provoking questions in this collection, each of which come complete with both student and teacher notes.
     
  2. Kitchen science activities
    Demonstrate the true power of everyday ingredients using the step-by-step instructions in this booklet, including notes on real-life applications and extension ideas.
     
  3. Floating garden challenge
    Take learning about climate change one step further by engaging students in this agricultural challenge, requiring them to make a model to solve the problem of growing food on flooded land.
     
  4. Wind turbine investigation
    Discover more about renewable energy sources by setting up this simple but well-structured task, in which pupils are asked to find out the most efficient number of blades for a wind turbine.
     
  5. Athlete or machine?
    Inspire student-led enquiry and problem solving related to the sport of bob skeleton by getting pupils to identify and investigate the factors affecting the performance of the sled using a range of mathematical and scientific activities.
     
  6. Post a Pringle project
    Explore a variety of materials and develop higher-level thinking skills with this unusual project, in which students must design packaging that enables a Pringle to be sent through the post.
     
  7. Spaghetti tower challenge
    No Stem-inspired collection would be complete without a tower-building task! In this version, pupils may only use dried spaghetti and sticky tack to build a tower strong enough to support two glass marbles.


For even more inspiration, check out our brand new Steam hub, full of project ideas organised by both phase and subject.

This post was originally published on 8 March 2017, and was refreshed on 13 June 2017.

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