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Ditch the Dirt

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Ditch the Dirt is an exciting new STEM challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years. It enables pupils to investigate ways of making dirty water cleaner through sieving and filtering and can also be used to explore ways of making water safe to drink. It links directly to Global Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation. Set in Turkana in Kenya where for two out of three people do not have access to clean drinking water, Ditch the Dirt offers a;

  •  Real life global context to explore water quality, sieving and filtering investigations
  •  Perfect challenge to deliver parts of the science, D&T & maths curricula
  •  Great activity for a science or STEM club, transition or enrichment day

Ditch the Dirt can also be used by pupils to gain a CREST Award. More information is available on the CREST Awards section of the Practical Action website. All the materials needed to run the challenge can be downloaded via the website link below.


Environment and Sustainability, Globalisation and Interdependence, Health and Well-being, Industry and Economy, Media, Internet and Technology

Age Ranges

KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14


Design and technology, Maths / numeracy, Science, Awards, Clubs and extra-curricular

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