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Caroline develops fun, accessible design, build and test STEM projects linking to the science and DT curricula. These popular resources are fully tested in the classroom and include lesson plans, PowerPoints, pupil worksheets and model answers. The projects use cheap, everyday and recycled materials to minimise costs. Caroline Alliston is a professional engineer, award-winning STEM educator and author of the Technology for Fun series of books and teacher resources.

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Caroline develops fun, accessible design, build and test STEM projects linking to the science and DT curricula. These popular resources are fully tested in the classroom and include lesson plans, PowerPoints, pupil worksheets and model answers. The projects use cheap, everyday and recycled materials to minimise costs. Caroline Alliston is a professional engineer, award-winning STEM educator and author of the Technology for Fun series of books and teacher resources.
Make & Test a Magnetic Compass - STEM KS2
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Make & Test a Magnetic Compass - STEM KS2

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In this fun hands-on session pupils will make and test their own magnetic compass using cheap and recycled materials, whilst linking to KS2 Science (magnetism and materials), Mathematics (lines and angles) and D&T curricula.
Make a sailboat - Materials & Forces KS1/2
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Make a sailboat - Materials & Forces KS1/2

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In this fun STEM design and make session pupils will group materials according to whether they float, then design, build and test their own model sailing boats, whilst linking to KS1 and KS2 Science and Design and Technology curricula.
STEM Challenge - Ten Second Marble Run
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STEM Challenge - Ten Second Marble Run

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STEM design, make, test & improve challenge for KS2 students. Learning objectives: • Science – force of gravity, compare how things move on different surfaces • Technology – design purposeful, functional, appealing products based on design criteria • Engineering – design, make, test, evaluate and improve a product • Maths – compare duration of events
Make & Test a Wire Loop Game - Electricity KS2/3
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Make & Test a Wire Loop Game - Electricity KS2/3

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In this fun hands-on session pupils will design, build and test their own wire loop game, whilst learning about conductors and insulators, switches and series and parallel circuits, linking to KS2 Science and Design and Technology and KS3 Physics curricula.
Make & Test a CD racer - Forces & Materials KS2 STEM
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Make & Test a CD racer - Forces & Materials KS2 STEM

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Fun, exciting, low cost, practical STEM activity for KS2 pupils. Use it to learn about forces including gravity and friction, and the use of everyday materials for particular purposes. Also links to the D&T process - design, make, test, evaluate and improve.
Make Cartesian Divers: Materials & Forces
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Make Cartesian Divers: Materials & Forces

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Relates to KS2 & KS1 science (materials and forces) and KS3 physics (floating & sinking, upthrust, pressure in fluids). The resource gives details of the parts required and where to source them, how to construct the Cartesian divers, and worksheets to help extract the relevant curriculum learning points from the activity.
DIY Force Meter STEM Challenge
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DIY Force Meter STEM Challenge

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A STEM design challenge aimed at KS3 students, linking to: Science: forces, relationship between force and extension Technology: using properties of materials to achieve functioning solutions Engineering: measurement and calibration, creative problem solving Mathematics: reading scales, interpreting mathematical relationships It includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint and student worksheet.