11-14 cross-curricular projects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

In top gear

Does everyone have an equal chance on the pitch? Or is it about who's got the best gear? How have technological chances to equipment and sportswear improved performance? These activities are inspired by London 2012. 

Download the documents, starting with the presentation which structures the lesson

Pod 2 In top gear presentation

Pod 2 In top gear teacher notes
(word version: Pod 2 In top gear teacher notes)

Pod 2 In top gear pupil sheets
(word version: Pod 2 In top gear pupil sheets)

Pod 2 In top gear learning log
print this double-sided A4 to make into A5 booklets

Download the general guide to teaching The Games
General teacher guide  pdf
General teacher guide

Pod 2 lesson summaries

Lesson 1 Pedal power
Pupils find out about the developments in technology that have enabled bikes to travel at increasing speed. They plot the data for the-one hour record over time, and discuss the bike of the future.

Lesson 2 On the run
Pupils consider the importance of footwear in sport, and the wide variety of shoes for specific purposes. They investigate grip in different sports shoes.

Lesson 3 Testing equipment
Pupils work in groups to improve a simple piece of games equipment. They consider the variables involved, and change the values systematically to come up with the best possible design.

Lesson 4 Moving the goal posts
Pupils use attributes analysis to systematically change the components of some familiar games. They design new versions of games which are more appropriate to a given set of participants.

Lesson 5  The right kit
Pupils design a new piece of equipment for a game, setting up a fair test and using their data as evidence to inform good design. They present their findings by designing a scientific research poster.


Is your school ready to celebrate the London 2012 Games? 

By participating in Nuffield STEM Games your school/college is eligible to receive a whole range of rewards from London 2012!  

To access your rewards, you simply need to complete and return your school’s Get Set network application form and tell London 2012 about the activities you have been doing as part of Nuffield STEM Games. You’ll then receive a plaque and certificate, the right to use the London 2012 education logo, plus automatic entry into prize draws to win visits from athletes and the London 2012 mascots, and much more!

London 2012 World Sport Day, presented by Lloyds TSB, is on Monday 25 June 2012. You’re invited to join thousands of schools across the UK in celebrating the athletes and cultures of the world. This is also your chance to showcase all your Values-related work in the final celebration before the Games begin. 

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