These activities and investigations are designed so that children aged 7+ can tackle them independently, with just a little help from an adult to get started. All activities have built-in questions to get children thinking, as well as challenges to take their learning further. Once they’ve tried the main activity, children might like to invite their parents to join them in these additional challenges, and younger children could also join in the fun with support from an adult or older sibling.
Sumptuous Skincare are developing a new bubble bath recipe and want it to produce plenty of foam so their customers can really enjoy their relaxing bubble baths. They would like your help to test their competitors' bubble bath recipes to see how they perform. In this fun and foamy investigation, you will think about foam and its uses, develop your own methods of making and measuring foam, and find out how foam needs careful consideration in a surprising range of different industries.
Fun with Foam Activity
The Perfect Pies company wants to improve their festive mince pie recipe to make it the mince pie of choice this Christmas. They need to know what their competitors have in their mixtures that make them taste so good. Separate, group and identify the ingredients in competitors’ mince pies to find out what makes the perfect pie. Why not have a go at making your own mince pies using our recipe?
Mince Pie Activity
Mince Pie Recipe
The team at Seabed Engineering are reviewing how they collect natural gas from the seabed below the North Sea and transport it back to shore. They would like you to help them investigate the best shape for their pipeline to be. You will create a model pipeline and make careful observations before reporting back to let them know which pipeline shape is best and why.
Pipeline Shapes Activity
Pipeline Shapes Template
The ‘Safe at Home’ scientists are developing a new range of fire extinguishers to help families protect their homes from fire. They have heard carbon dioxide might be useful but would like you to help with their investigation. Children observe irreversible changes and can choose to record their findings as a diagram, in photographs or as a video diary.
Meet Sophie, a biochemistry student at the University of York. Sophie explains in simple terms what this means, and how it relates to the science carried out by 7-11 year olds. Sophie invites you to join the team at the University of York to help observe and record information about mixing some household products to make a fire extinguisher.
Fire Extinguisher Activity
Sophie Brook, biochemistry student, introducing the IAH "Fire Extinguisher" challenge
Pets’ Paws Plc. make medicines for pets, but they have been having some trouble with their new treatment for poorly dogs. During trials, the mock tablets keep fizzing in the dogs’ mouths and dissolving before the special ingredients can make it to their stomachs. Can you help the scientists by investigating to find a suitable coating to put on the tablets to slow down the dissolving?
Medicines for Pets Activity
The scientists at Sparkle Toothpaste need your help! They’ve read lots of news stories about how much sugar is in drinks which you might think are healthy and would like you to investigate how much damage they can do to your teeth. They will use your research to design and make their new toothpaste so you can keep enjoying the delicious drinks you love whilst still keeping your teeth in tip top condition.
Sugary Drinks Activity
Emma and her team of engineers at Crystal Clear Water would like your help. They need to find a way to join sections of pipe together so they can create a pipeline to transport clean water from their water cleaning plant to your home. Carry out a fair test to help Emma find a suitable sealant that joins the pipes together and doesn’t allow any water to leak through.
A Leaky Line Activity
We celebrated this year's International Women in Engineering Day, by teaming up with engineer Eve Davison, to bring you this special edition of IndusTRY AT HOME. Of course, we do hope you will continue to celebrate the role of women in engineering all year round with this activity!
Many companies wish to be eco-friendly and car companies are no exception. Eve needs to know which car parts are made from which types of plastic so she can send any waste materials, after production, to the correct recycling centres. Children are challenged to test home-use plastics by submerging them in water and applying force before using a simple identification chart to name them and share their results with Eve and her team of engineers.
Which Plastic? Activity
Eve Davison, engineer at Nissan, introducing the IAH "Which Plastic?" challenge
Medi-Tech, a biotechnology company, have made an important medical discovery. Mould found growing on food seems to stop other microorganisms (germs) from growing, so Medi-Tech think they can use this discovery to develop medicine to treat things like cuts which often get infected by bacteria. Children are challenged to safely find out which conditions produce the most mould and which produce mould the quickest.
Medicine From Microbes Activity
The Eco-Wash company is developing a new washing product and wants to know which existing products are best at removing stains from fabric. Children put home-use washing products to the test to find out which ones achieve the desired result and make their recommendation to the scientists at Eco-Wash.
Meet Patricia, a student at the University of York, studying a science called Environment Ecology. Patricia is interested in learning how to help keep the environment safe for future generations. Watch this short video to find out why we should not wash our clothes too often, before joining the team to help find a washing powder that performs well.
Which Washing Product? Activity
Meet Patricia, a student at the University of York, studying a science called Environment Ecology.
Children are challenged by ‘Tees Engineering’ to solve their water filtration problem using everyday filters found around the home. They hunt for household filters, make their own sample of murky reservoir water to pour through the filters to find out how quickly and how effectively they do their job.
Filter Fun Activity
Paula McMahon, engineer at Sir Robert McAlpine, introducing the IAH "Filter Fun" challenge
Children are challenged by the ‘Bubbles Company’ to find the best bubble mixture. They experiment with washing-up liquid and water to find the bubble which lasts the longest. They use trial and error to find a recipe which is just right. This is great for outdoor learning but can be done inside too.