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Age range: 11-14
Duration: 30-59 mins
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  • D&T
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Materials: fit for purpose

Explore the qualities which make a material fit for purpose

This unit focuses upon how materials have been specifically engineered in order to provide the requisite qualities and characteristics. It builds on the ‘science behind the material’ scheme of work, developing the students’ understanding of particle states and motion in relation to materials used in engineering/product design. It allows the students to explore a range of engineered and smart materials, identifying why they are ‘fit for purpose’ and how they have been engineered to achieve this purpose.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

An engaging activity requiring students to be creative when applying knowledge and understanding in science to a design and technology context.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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