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Coming back to Earth safely

In these activities, pupils are introduced to the idea of controlled or uncontrolled re-entry for satellites. They are challenged to devise a way of reducing space debris by designing alterations to satellites so that they bring themselves back to Earth. In the first activity, the students pretend to be satellites...

Pneumatics and Hydraulics

In this activity, pupils will explore a how pneumatics and hydraulics work by experimenting with syringes and water. Pupils will then have the opportunity to design and make their own plane incorporating a pneumatic system. This resource is part of a series of STEAM activities produced by Rolls Royce and it covers...

This is Engineering: an introduction to engineering

This short video is a brilliant introduction to explaining the work that engineers do.

This resource forms part of the This is Engineering campaign...

Knowledge and Technology Transfer Profile Builder in STEM Subjects

Published by LSIS, this tool is a self-assessment guide for further education providers. Knowledge Transfer is principally about the flow of information from the knowledge source to business.

This guide helps senior...

Action Research Project: Summary of Research

Published by LSIS, these booklets summarise the STEM action research projects carried out by 16-19 institutions across the UK. They include a brief summary of the research and findings on topics such as: using electronic notebooks, electronic learning, peer review, computer-based assessment, kinaesthetic techniques...

Building STEM Strength

Produced by LSIS, this case study describes a project by FE Sussex. FE Sussex already has a well-established ethos of networks and collaboration as the limited company encompasses 12 colleges: five sixth form colleges, one land-based and six general FE colleges. However, by working with the LSIS STEM Programme, FE...

Exchange Scheme ‘Improving Progression’

Published by LSIS, this case study is based on work done by Longley Park Sixth Form College. The college recognised that they needed to bridge the gap between GCSE and A level and that only engaging with students once they arrived at college, post-16, was too late. To rectify this, Longley Park gained funding from...

STEM - the Big Picture

From LSIS, this case study looks at Loughborough College and how college staff, from the principal to the engineering department, have been involved with different aspects of the LSIS STEM Programme.

Enhancement of Literacy Skills in Science

Published by LSIS, this case study looks at a project at Nelson and Colne College. The college applied for funding from the LSIS STEM Programme to devise and deliver an action research project that would meet the needs of college students.

The team began by collecting the GCSE English Language data of...

Shared CPD: Easing the Transition and Sharing Experience

Published by LSIS, this case study looks at work performed by North Devon College. With support from the LSIS STEM Programme, the college created strong continuing professional development links with local secondary schools to enhance teacher subject knowledge and ease the transition for students progressing in...

Getting girls into engineering

This case study published in 2011 by LSIS  describes work by Wirral Metropolitan College. The project developed an action research project focused on increasing the participation rate of girls in the Level 2 Higher Diploma in Engineering. The first step for the project was to attract girls to post-16 engineering,...

Mathematics in Applied and Vocational Learning

Published by LSIS, this is a case study from the City of Bristol College. It looks at a programme to set up a collaboration with local schools, Nottingham University and local businesses to enhance the professional development of staff and offer new learning experiences for students studying mathematics. The aim...

Development of an FdSc in Sub-sea Engineering

Produced by the Learning Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study tackles the themes of curriculum development, employer engagement and new jobs. It describes how Newcastle College, working in close collaboration with local companies, designed a foundation degree (FdSc) in sub-sea engineering validated by...

Developing an Advanced Engineering Curriculum

Produced by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study looks at the themes of knowledge transfer and Curriculum development. It focuses on exploring the experiences of South Devon College in their undertaking of extensive employer engagement. The aims were to drive knowledge and technology...

Future in Composite Technologies

Produced by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study looks at the themes of employer engagement and knowledge and technology transfer. The study illustrates the power of employer engagement to deliver new curriculum modules that meet the direct needs of employers. The employment of...

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