The Solar Challenge

Set in rural Zimbabwe, where few villages have access to mains electricity, pupils investigate how to make different circuits which include solar cells. They then look at the requirements of the community and decide how to allocate the cells. All teaching materials are available to download for free from Practical Action Take your design briefs […]

Ditch the Dirt

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.

Barefoot futures: taking action towards the SDGs

Students making solar cars as part of the session_Hogan Lovells

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.

Smoky Homes

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.

Dollar Street

Dollar Street

This fantastic online photo-resource features photos from over 240 families living in 50 countries around the world. The site arranges them all on a street called Dollar Street, in order of their monthly income. Select from 100 topics to compare photos showing aspects of everyday life, often surprisingly similar for people on the same income level across cultures and continents.

Design for a better world

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.