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Age Range: 11-14
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

Sewage tunnels

Use mathematical process skills to design a sewage tunnel

This activity accompanies the Shifting Sewage film which looks at the sewage tunnels being built under London. This activity challenges students to use their mathematical skills to calculate the critical dimensions of the tunnel that will be built. It could also be taught in design & technology or engineering, with the emphasis on how the development will affect the quality of life and how it could be realised.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

This activity challenges students to move beyond an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach to sewage as they use and develop their mathematical process skills within the real-world contexts presented.

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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