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Age Range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • Engineering
  • D&T

Drop it

Designing a system to drop emergency aid pallets from an aircraft.

People in countries affected by natural disasters or war often need food, water, shelter and other aid delivered to them. Can you design a method of getting this safely from aircraft to the people who need it on the ground?

In this activity learners will make use of the theme of the future of flight to design a method or system of getting emergency aid from an aircraft to the ground safely. They will analyse existing methods of achieving this. They will then use this information to create sketches of their initial ideas, before producing a developed and completed final design.

You will need:

  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Computer access for researching (optional)

And please do share your learning highlights and final creations with us on social media @IETeducation or send them via email to to be featured in our online gallery.

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