Stop the Spread

Pupils research infectious diseases then design and build a model of a hand washing device for a school in Kenya

Infectious diseases are a global problem and cause millions of deaths each year.  
Stop the spread is a STEM challenge which enables pupils to research the problem then use their STEM and communication skills to design a hand washing devise and education materials for a primary school in Kenya.  

The design challenge: Working as a team pupils design, build and test a model of a hand washing device that can capture and dispense water for hand washing.

The research and communication challenge.  Pupils find innovative ways to communiate the problems cause by the spread of disease and the importance of hand washing to primary school pupils in Kenya.

The challenge is perfect for STEM clubs, integrating into your D&T and science lessons or runing as an off-timetable day.

This activity was written by Practical Action for the British Science Association and is accredited for their CREST Award scheme at both primary and secondary find out more go to our CREST pages. 

If you would like a free copy of our rather fabulous poster please just email us (UK only).

Teacher Pack


Certificates - Well done

Pupil Guide


This fabulous poster will inspire students to take part in the challenge. Download or request a printed copy.

Certificates - Congratulations

These materials are based on a Practical Action project in Kisumu, Kenya to improve access to sanitation and handwashing facilities for thousands of children.  We will be raising money for this project and from 8th November to 8th December any money donated by the public will be doubled by the Department for International Development ( DFID).

To find out more about the project and how you can help please go to our Safe Pair of Hands page.  

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