Age range: 11-14
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D&T
  • Engineering

Engineered materials

Research a specifically engineered material

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 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 where students will investigate an engineered material and share the results of their research with the class.

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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Engineered Materials activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links.

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