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This comprehensive set of resources from Practical Action encourage pupils aged between 8 and 14 to develop new solutions to the global problems caused by plastic waste.

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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.

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Practical Action Global Goals resource

A 30 minute activity from Practical Action designed to get pupils aged 10-18 discussing and debating who is responsible for ensuring the UN Global Goals (SDG’s) are achieved by 2030 .

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Practical Action Food Preparation and Nutrition resource

This new set of resources from Practical Action supports teachers to deliver the new Food Choices, Provenance, Security and Sustainability units within the new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE courses.

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Stop the Spread

Stop the Spread is a STEM challenge from Practical Action suitable for 7-16 year old learners. Pupils research work being done to stop the spread of infectious diseases around the world (including the Global Goals) , then design, build and test a model of a hand washing device.

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Smoky Homes

This STEM project from Practical Action provides a real-life context for upper primary pupils to explore the health and environmental problems faced by the 3 billion people globally who cook on open fires or traditional cook stoves.

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Practical action global goals

Practical Action has produced a range of different materials to support teachers in helping pupils understand the Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) and their targets; why they are important in reducing world poverty, and how pupils can take action themselves to help achieve them.

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Water for the World

This activity from Practical Action helps pupils to find out about access to water and build their own filters. Working in teams pupils explore issues around access to water and cleaning water around the world. This is followed by a hands-on activity where they build their own water filters with different sets of resources depending on which country they represent.

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Design for a better world

This is a set of resources from Practical Action which presents a global design challenge for students aged 11-14 years.

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Technology Justice is the global right to access sustainable technologies. Should everyone be able to have technologies that enable them to live a decent life? Is it important that these technologies don’t harm others, now or in the future?

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This Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11) resource from Practical Action offers great cross curricular opportunities for pupils to explore the difference that growing pumpkins can make to the lives of people living in flood affected regions in Bangladesh. Activities include exploring the lifecycle of a pumpkin, making seed packets and pumpkin snacks.

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Water harvester design challenge

This challenge from Practical Action is suitable for a Design & Technology or STEM project. It supports pupils aged 9-11 years to design, make and evaluate a water harvesting system for a school garden.

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Energy and the global goals

These two short activities from Practical Action develop pupils’ understanding of why energy is essential if we are to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals as they are also called.

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Make The Link is an online resource developed by the Centre for Science Education of Sheffield Hallam University and Practical Action. It aims to help the next generation make the link between science and global poverty reduction.

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Concept cartoons

A series of five Concept Cartoons produced by Millgate House Education in partnership with Practical Action.
They help pupils explore environmental issues that affect the lives of people around the world, including those living in developing countries.

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Recycle or reuse

Students compare extraction of aluminium from bauxite rock with recycling aluminium cans and investigate the efficacy of recycling. They discover how plastics and aluminium are reused and recycled in Nepal and may continue to produce some products of their own.

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Iodine initiative

In this lesson students look at how the Tanzanian Government has solved problems caused by iodine deficiency by iodinising their salt. They work scientifically to discover why iodine is so important to diet, and make an informed decision as to whether or not it should be added to salt in the UK.

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Flood alert

In this lesson students find out how flood alert systems developed in Nepal have helped save lives. They use their knowledge and skills in building electronic circuits to design and build their own flood alert system.

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Sandy seeds

A global primary Upd8 from ASE and Practical Action. This resource looks at a ‘big question’ facing Sujan and his family from Bangladesh… how can they grow crops on land which is made of sand?

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Monsoon proof roof

A global primary Upd8 from ASE and Practical Action. This resource looks at a ‘big question’ facing Mehrab, a boy who lives in Bangladesh, and his family… what material should they use for their new roof?

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