Practical solutions to practical problems

Blog by Julie Brown, Head of Education at Practical Action

Ever heard of Practical Action? If you are a primary teacher or a secondary science or D&T teacher you may well have already have come across our popular teaching resources. We provide a range of resources linked to the UK science curriculum that enable teachers to embed global issues into their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) teaching. Hugely popular, in particular our STEM challenges such as Stop the Spread, the Squashed Tomato Challenge, Beat the Flood and our brand new super doper Ditch the Dirt.

Feedback we get from teachers is that our materials really hit the nail on the head when it comes to getting pupils engaged in global issues and excited about the science behind some of the solutions to poverty. These hands on challenges ask pupils to find their own solutions to a problem faced by communities around the world such as flooding, access to energy and clean water.  In each case they are asked to design, build and test a model of their solution.  Teachers notes, pupils worksheets, PowerPoints, videos are all part of the freely available package that goes with each challenge, saving you as a teacher loads of planning time J

‘Using Practical Action resources has really impacted my teaching. I think about how to introduce topics in a whole new way’ – Helen Rogerson, Secondary Science teacher

Although designed to fit the UK curriculum (and you can find out where about in a doc on our website) they are flexible enough for STEM and science clubs, transition and off timetables days.  They are also all accredited for the CREST award scheme and can be used to gain CREST awards at all levels. Pupils love them!

Here is what a few teachers say about us:

…and here are some pupils taking part in our Beat the Flood challenge as part of Women in Engineering Day:

Blog by Julie Brown, Head of Education at Practical Action


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