STEM TOOLKIT

IMechE STEM toolkit

Available exclusively to IMechE members, the STEM toolkit contains six engineering activities designed for a class of 30 students to be delivered by ambassadors. 

The toolkits are for IMechE Ambassadors keen to go into classrooms and share their engineering knowledge via engaging and fun STEM activities using everyday materials. The toolkits are designed for ambassadors and engineers of varying "teaching" experience and engineering knowledge.

Each toolkit contains reusable activity materials, along with a step by step guide for the Ambassador to deliver the workshop. A class of 30 can be split into smaller groups while undertaking each challenge, with supporting worksheets available to students.

Downloadable student worksheets for each activity can be found below.

IME Tool Kit contents

To order a STEM toolkit, you must be a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and provide information about your upcoming visit with at least six weeks notice.

STEM Toolkit contents:

  • STEM Toolkit activity guide (one per kit)
  • Reusable craft materials
  • "Making it as a mechanical engineer" careers brochure (one per kit)
  • IMechE colouring books and accompanying colouring in pencils (30 per kit)
  • Tomorrow's Engineers resource pack (one per kit)

Order a STEM Toolkit

Our STEM Toolkit brochure includes all worksheets & teacher's notes for the following activities:

  • Ball Run
  • Lunar Rover
  • Tower
  • Catapult
  • Bridge Bonanza.

The dropdown list below includes all STEM Toolkit activities along with STEM at Home activities developed by IMechE during the coronavirus lockdown

STEM Toolkit and STEM at Home activities and worksheets

Ball Run

Download the Ball Run worksheet (updated)

Teams will design and build their own Ball Run, and put their final creation to the test. Creativity and stability will be key factors. This activity encourages problem solving, perseverance, cooperation and spatial thinking.

Watch how to create a Ball Run


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Bridge Bonanza

CD Racer

Download the CD Racer worksheet

Students will work on their own, or in a team to design and build a CD Racer out of everyday items. The activity teaches Sir Isaac Newton' s laws of motion and theory in a fun and practical way that spans across Key Stages 1-4.

Watch how to create a CD Racer


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Catapult

Download the Catapult worksheet

By combining Maths, Engineering and Science skills, teams will design and build their own Catapult’s and battle it out to see who can launch an object the farthest.

Watch how to design a Catapult


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Cork Launcher

Download the Cork Launcher worksheet

The Cork Launcher activity introduces students to the science behind projectiles in motion. Using everyday materials students will create an alternative type of catapult that works like a slingshot.

Watch how to build your own Cork Launcher



Download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can purchase online:

Flying Dragon

Download the Flying Dragon worksheet (updated)

The Flying Dragon project is a creative engineering activity that challenges students to build a moving, crank-driven model of a flying dragon.

Watch how to build your own Flying Dragon 

Watch how to build your own Flying Dragon


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Hydraulic Propagator

Download the Hydraulic Propagator worksheet

The Propagator project introduces students to hydraulic systems and their inner workings. Using a few household items and craft materials, students will work in teams, or with help from an adult, to design and build a propagator with a basic hydraulic system that will help them care for their seedlings.

Watch how to create a Hydraulic Propagator

If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Lighthouse

Download the Lighthouse worksheet

Students are tasked to build the tallest, working lighthouse they can using just AA batteries, a bulb &bulb holder, scrap paper, foil and tape. The activity teaches the basics behind designing a free-standing structure and explores the electronics that make lighthouses possible.

Watch how to create a working lighthouse


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Lunar Rover

Download the Lunar Rover worksheet

Teams are challenged to build a functioning rubber band car following the build template provided, or creatively design and build their very own. The rover that travels the furthest distance wins!

Students will learn about potential and kinetic energy, whilst also considering the relationship between mass, force and torque, and the effect they will have on their final design.

Watch how to create a Lunar Rover

If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Mechanical Hand

Download the Mechanical Hand worksheet

Students will look at the biomechanical make-up of the human hand and create their own mechanical hand using everyday materials to mimic the movement of joint structure and tendons.

Watch how to create a Mechanical Hand



Download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can purchase online:

Tower

Download the Tower worksheet

Students are challenged to design, build and produce a freestanding tower structure
that is stable enough to support a weight for 10 seconds. Following the engineering design cycle, students will work in teams using limited supplies including lollipop sticks, elastic bands, pegs, bulldog clips and white tac to create their towers.

Watch how to build a Tower


If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Water Turbine

Download the Water Turbine worksheet >

We use the energy of falling and flowing water to produce power- from water wheels used to grind grain to modern hydroelectric dams to power cities. Using everyday materials, design and prototype your very own water turbine with the help of IMechE’s free educational resources.

Watch how to build a Water Turbine

If you don’t have a toolkit, download the worksheet and below is the list of resources you can buy online:

Download the Water Turbine Teacher Notes  >

Certificate of Excellence

Reward the winners of your workshop with a certificate of excellence

Register as an Ambassador

If you are interested in education outreach and becoming a STEM Ambassador, you must register with STEM Learning  indicating your affiliation with the IMechE. Once you have received confirmation of your registration, please notify education@imeche.org

Get in touch

If you have an upcoming school visit and would like to know more about resources available to you contact

education@imeche.org

 

Order a STEM toolkit 

BBC Bitesize Collection

BBC Bitesize IMechE: Science at home collection

In this collection you will find resources to help you carry out science experiments at home to support learning in physics for Year 7 and S1

Access the collection