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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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This resource, aimed at 9-11 year olds, encourages students to reflect on various challenges facing their communities and the world, and think from the perspective of others. It introduces them to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the part everyone has to play in achieving these.

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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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Social and Solidarity Economy

This photo-teaching resource accompanies Think Global’s 2016-2017 Global Wallplanner. It uses 24 colourful, real-life photos to explore the ‘Social and Solidarity Economy’ – a movement that seeks to alleviate poverty through community empowerment, mutual benefit and economic growth.

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Ingenious African appropriate technology

Inspire your pupils with these ingenious technologies. Appropriate technology is designed to be sensitive to the environmental, social and economic aspects of the community it is intended for.

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Another great hands-on STEM activity from Practical Action, suitable for for all ages between 7-19. The problem: In Bangladesh land is frequently flooded as a result of climate change, ruining crops grown for food. The result is that families go hungry.

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Wind Power Challenge

Suitable for Key Stages 2 to 4 (ages 7 to 16), this renewable energy, wind power challenge from Practical Action puts students’ competitive spirits to the test.

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Farmers living on the mountainside in Nepal need to sell tomatoes at the local market. But getting there involves a long, dangerous walk down the mountain. This challenge is to design, build and test a way of moving tomatoes that won’t squash them!

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Practical Action image gallery

Practical Action’s free online image gallery for schools features photos from developing countries on number of topics: renewable energy, water & sanitation, farming, plants, recycling, climate change, transport, costume and technology justice.

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Practical Action video gallery

Practical Action’s schools video gallery contains a number of short films from Practical Action that teachers in both Primary and Secondary schools may find useful as support material or starting points for lessons across the curriculum.

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Practical Action technical briefs

Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are freely available to people in the developing world. They provide detailed technical information on a variety of subjects ranging from how to make jams and pickles to how to build a flood-proof house or an aerial ropeway.

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