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Our popular  science, design and technology and STEM teaching resources focus on a whole range of global issues including energy, climate change and disaster risk reduction.

These popular free resources for primary and secondary  include lesson plans, PowerPoints, activities, posters, challenges, images, videos and games all set within a global context.

Check out our popular STEM challenges perfect  for KS2 and KS3 science; whole school activities or STEM clubs.  We also have STEM careers material.


Case studies on a range topics in the Geography curriculum, plus other useful teaching resources such as videos, classroom activities and posters.

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Engineering has an important role to play in the teaching of STEM. Discover how our resources can be used to help deliver vocational engineering qualifications.

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Global Goals

A range of materials to support teaching issues around the Global Goals (also known as the SDGs) including display material and a NEW design challenge.

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Technical Briefs

Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are freely available to people in the developing world. Pupils can use technical briefs for research and to analyse and evaluate raw data.

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Image gallery

Images from Practical Action's projects around the world, helping poor people use technology to improve their lives.

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Videos gallery

Our video gallery contains a number of videos from Practical Action that teachers in both Primary and Secondary schools may find useful as support material or starting point for lessons.

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A range of colourful posters for schools, available from Practical Action.

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STEM careers

A colourful poster and four interesting case studies of people who work at Practical Action and have a STEM background.

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Our blogs

Just throw it on the ground! Waste disposal in Nairobi’s informal settlements

From May, 2015, three university students joined Practical Action, Eastern Africa, as interns...
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If you'd like any further information about Practical Action or its Education work, please e-mail, telephone 01926 634400 or write to us at:

Education Unit
Practical Action
The Schumacher Centre
Bourton on Dunsmore
Rugby CV23 9QZ

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If as a result of using our resources if your students would like to raise money for Practical Action’s projects please look at our schools fundraising pages for inspiration.

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