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STEM based Projects

This is a compilation of projects and Activities which are set in a Science, Technology, Geography or ICT context - Click here

Excellent set of Free Resources from the James Dyson Foundation - Click here

Starter Clips/lessons: The Monty Hall Paradox. This is a long clip that could be split  to offer time for discussion on probability and some investigative work. This is a short clip showing that 7 folds in paper isn’t the limit. Hopper activity? Pupils could have a go first after a discussion about how they might be able to make more folds - ?larger piece of paper, different texture – possible investigation and opportunity for data handling and presentation. A Brian Cox clip that shows how to measure the energy of the sun and then goes onto talk about ”millions and millions” as he does – chance to use standard form. The clip could also be stopped to allow for discussion about how the equipment he uses will do the job he says it will. Brain Cox visits the thin blue line and talks about feet and kilometers – a chance to perhaps do some conversions of units, conversion charts etc. Global warming clip. The idea of carbon footprints and the reduction there of.


Nrich activities.

Pick and choose from these. Some can be developed into a whole lesson or more. Others may be good to introduce a line of investigation. - If you fancy a look at other STEM resources from nrich. -an estimation activity for middle to high groups -Graph activity, identifying graphs, useful diagrams, solutions a bit tricky. Could be linked with activity 7419.  Track design - with the recent Olympics this is quite good for middle to high groups. - Data collection - another Olympic themed task. Could print off other years to act as a comparison. - Tom learns to cook - good for low ability groups. They could make up their own sequences of  events. -When should Tom put the rice on - creating a schedule, logic. For lower ability groups. -Tray bake -Ratio and proportion - probably best for middles to high groups but aspects of this may be of use to lower groups. -Large and small numbers - could be used as an intro into standard form or a consolidation. - What will the graphs look like? Could be a practical activity but water would be involved. This could be demonstrated by the teacher by using containers and water, especially for the low ability groups. -Maths is everywhere - an activity suited to all abilities, looking at pictures and discussing ideas. ?Fractals as a development of this .Links to Fibonacci and the natural world. -Smallest to largest and finishing evidence to support decisions - all abilities could get involved in this. An extension is available  -Approximately certain.  Great for estimation, and  encourages the use of  assumptions which is one of the corner stones of scientific endeavor. High ability groups in the main. - Building a helicopter , making design changes to suit the purpose of the project. All abilities could get involved in this.


Cre8ate Activities:

Cre8te also have activities that are scientific in nature with plenty of opportunities to use maths. These usually last longer than one lesson depending on the group.

Keeping baby warm – Making models of a baby and an adult, could be to scale, calculate volume and surface area. All abilities.


Minimize and supersize – Looks closely at energy requirements and calculates BMR. Lots of resources. All abilities can have a go.


Vedic Maths – 2 packages and a spread sheet. Looking at patterns in a grid using digital roots. All abilities.


Stretchiness – Fun activity designed to get pupils to discuss ideas about investigations. Will need jelly sweets for this and other resources.


Bridges and Structures -  An engineering feel to this – all abilities would get something out of this.



National STEM Centre

With over 6,000 individual teaching resources, the eLibrary includes contemporary print, multimedia, and practical resources, alongside an archive collection that showcases several decades of curriculum development. From quizzes to fact-sheets to lesson plans to videos and flash animations, the eLibrary is a great place to get inspiration for your STEM teaching.  - Click here

Suffolk Maths.  Go here for a list of projects ie. Computers, Space Stations and Carbon Footprint.

Stand Alone Projects. This is about 2 or so week’s worth of project work that looks at issues connected to transport and greener ways to travel. The computer suite will need to be booked for this but this project allows all levels to access the issues that arise. Quite a lot of photocopying could be involved - may be limited by the judicious use of bits of the hand book.

Mission to Mars - This resource was funded by the Spacelink Learning Foundation and written by Sheffield Hallam University. It is aimed at students between 11 and 14 years of age.

The resource is based around the Beagle 2 mission to Mars. The students have five main tasks:

• Work in a team to prepare a short drama about the plight of Beagle 2 
• Identify the likely problems that could have caused the Beagle 2 failure
• Design, build and test a parachute for a Mars lander
• Calculate the basic measurements of a parachute suitable for use on Mars
• Design a model for a Mars lander.   Teacher Notes      Task Sheet     Pupil Log Book    

Suggested Homeworks.

·    Ask the pupils to do a bird watch – spending 30 minutes counting numbers and types of birds in their gardens/park/relative’s garden – and complete a tally. The data can be used for averages, compared and presented in graphs.

·    One of the nrich activities.

·    Look at labels on food and convert % into fraction and decimals in terms of ingredients.

·    Calculate their own family’s carbon foot print.

·    Ask the pupils to research facts about a planet, how far away from earth the sun etc – standard form conversions.

·    Find a recipe and change the quantities of the ingredients to suit given numbers of people.