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.
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.
Fire Extinguisher Activity
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.
Eve Davison, engineer at Nissan, introducing the IAH "Which Plastic?" challenge
Which Plastic? Activity
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.
Which Washing Product? Activity
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.
Paula McMahon, engineer at Sir Robert McAlpine, introducing the IAH "Filter Fun" challenge
Filter Fun Activity
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.
The Best Bubble Activity