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Get engineering!

The activities in this pack aim to introduce students aged 11-14 to different sectors of engineering and the engineering principles involved. Each of the challenges are fun and hands-on and can be easily run in the classroom or at science clubs, during National Science & Engineering Week, or at any time in the year.

Desert Island Drinks
Students make a water filtration device out of a plastic bottle and various materials. The challenge helps students to understand principles of filtration.

Clever Copters
Students make a self-propelled helicopter. The activity introduces principles of propulsion, friction and stabilisation.

Snacktory Factory
Students are tasked with constructing a prototype assembly line to add toppings to chocolate bars.  The activity introduces students to automated engineering principles.

Get engineering! 

This pack also includes information for teachers on where to go for related activities, careers resources and to find out more about real-life engineers.