External Resource Classroom Resources
Where to find the best resources to inspire the next generation of Engineers in your classroom?
Explore our list of other organisations that provide resource material for the classroom
National STEM Centre: a national repository for STEM material
The National STEM Centre houses the UK’s largest collection of STEM teaching and learning resources, in order to provide teachers of STEM subjects with the ability to access a wide range of high-quality support materials.
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are a fantastic resource. Professor Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, The University of Manchester series on How to Hack Your Home is a great introduction into Home Automation
No matter where you go in Britain, you are never far from a site of industrial interest, whether it be a museum or a boat lift, a railway or waterwheel. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has always been keen to acknowledge such places through the promotion of its long-standing Engineering Heritage Awards scheme. Some of the museums and collections contained in this visitors’ guide have gained such recognition. Others might do so in the future. But, regardless of individual accolade, every entry featured in these pages has one thing in common – they all provide wonderfully entertaining and informative days out.
- 100 full-colour pages
- Contains information on dozens of industrial heritage sites
- Covers word-class institutions like the Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield, through to quirky, off-the-beaten-track places like the King Edward mining museum in Cornwall
Resources from Royal Academy of Engineering
Teaching and learning resources Resources created by teachers and engineers that aim to engage school students with science, technology and mathematics by placing these subjects in engineering contexts.
Engineering Further Education Programme and resources for post-16s supporting students to remain committed to the subject and take the next step on the path to a career in engineering, whether on to higher level study within further education, on to an apprenticeship scheme, on to employment as technicians or on to degree level study.
Resources from IET
Free teaching resources for secondary teachers of Science, Maths, Design & Technology and Computing
James Dyson Foundation
A fantastic selection of PDF idea boxes to download and videos for use in the Classroom
The James Dyson Foundation developed the Ideas Box to challenge students to find inspiration in everyday objects and develop ideas. To identify problems and use their creativity to find solutions. The Box helps teachers nurture the skills needed for the next generation of engineers.
The Ideas Box is a product analysis and design kit to teach engineering. It also has links to literacy, numeracy and enterprise. It includes:
- 1 Dyson Air MultiplierTM fan as a case study
- Teacher’s Pack with lesson plans and instructions
- Posters for the classroom
The Box and training materials are available to classrooms completely free of charge. The Box is loaned to a school for 4 weeks at a time. It’s ideally suited for primary students but can be adapted for any classroom.
The Engineering Box is a reverse engineering kit that takes students through the design process by disassembling a Dyson machine – understanding how a machine works by taking it apart. It contains:
- 1 Dyson vacuum cleaner as a case study
- 7 Dyson turbine heads for disassembly
- 1 Dyson carbon fiber cleaner head as a case study
- 8 Torx screwdrivers
- Teacher’s Pack with instructions and curriculum
- Posters for the classroom
The Box and training materials are available to classrooms completely free of charge. The Box is loaned to a school for 4 weeks at a time. It’s ideally suited for students in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 but can be adapted for any classroom.
Resources from Tomorrow’s Engineers
Tomorrow’s Engineers provides information and resources about the amazing careers available in engineering. The organisation also runs a schools programme to help inspire the next generation of engineers. Working with businesses, not for profit organisations and charities, the programme is made up of a number of initiatives, such as industry visits, workshops, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador partnerships and careers resources, to help schools to incorporate engineering into the current curriculum and plant the seeds needed to grow local engineering talent required by businesses. To find out more click on the logo above or the URL below.
A single pack has been designed to use with a whole class. Each pack contains 3 ‘What is engineering?’ leaflets, 32 postcards of 8 different designs, 1 set of resource notes and 3 posters (1 of each type).
BLOODHOUND Blast is an online place to share and explore the BLOODHOUND project and also Science and Technology in general. It is open to everyone and completely free. Education resources, Ambassador resources, Video Libraries, Forums and much more.