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Water

Water; the stuff of life. Human beings have strived for centuries to supply themselves with clean, drinkable water. We take water for granted, for a young child it just seems to ‘be there,’ in the same way that electricity and heating are ‘just there’.

By studying water, where it comes from, how it cycles through the environment and why we are so dependent on it, pupils will develop their systems-thinking skills. They will also come to appreciate how much water it takes to, for example, make a cotton shirt (estimated to be 2,700 litres).

Practical Action's activities and support materials for this topic at primary and secondary level are highlighted below. For additional ideas go to the Eco-Schools website.

Primary

Water for the World

Pupils look at access to water, the different ways dirty water can be made safe to drink then build their own water filter.

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Water conservation

This cartoon help pupils explore l issues around accessing, storing and cleaning water. It also looks at the water cycle and the need to save water.

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Pump it up!

The science behind how a water pump works and why it is important to the lives of people in Bangladesh is illustrated in this video.

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Water and sanitation

Images of projects Practical Action are involved in around the world addressing issues of water and sanitation.

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Stop the Spread

A STEM challenge enabling pupils to investigate how to stop the spread of infectious diseases and build a hand-washing device.

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Design challenge : Water harvester

A new primary D&T or STEM project to design, make and evaluate a water harvesting system for a school garden.

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Water and Sanitation

Access to water and sanitation is vital in the fight to reduce poverty. These videos show some of Practical Action's solutions

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Secondary

Stop the Spread

A STEM challenge enabling pupils to investigate how to stop the spread of infectious diseases and build a hand-washing device.

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Water for the World

Pupils look at access to water, the different ways dirty water can be made safe to drink then build their own water filter.

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Design For A Better World

A new design challenge and competition for students to develop an idea for a technology that will address a Global issue.

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Pump it up!

The science behind how a water pump works and why it is important to the lives of people in Bangladesh is illustrated in this video.

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Technical briefs - water and sanitation

Clean water and good sanitation are important to everyone's health and well being . Low cost solutions are vitally important to poor communities in the developing world.

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Water conservation

This cartoon help pupils explore l issues around accessing, storing and cleaning water. It also looks at the water cycle and the need to save water.

Read more

Design challenge : Water harvester

A new primary D&T or STEM project to design, make and evaluate a water harvesting system for a school garden.

Read more

CREST Awards

Support materials for the British Science Association's CREST awards

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Water and sanitation

Images of projects Practical Action are involved in around the world addressing issues of water and sanitation.

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Water and Sanitation

Access to water and sanitation is vital in the fight to reduce poverty. These videos show some of Practical Action's solutions

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