Teaching and Learning Resources
The Academy has developed a teaching and learning
resource for Key Stage 3 that combines design &
technology, mathematics and science (STEM)
activities to investigate big questions.
Winning medals: does engineering design make a difference?
The aim of this
resource is to give students the opportunity
to investigate the impact of science,
technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) on wheelchair sport.
The success of any
athlete is the result of many hours of
training, dedication and sacrifice. However,
in the case of wheelchair athletes there is
an added dimension – the work of the
engineer who designed the wheelchair.
So when a
wheelchair athlete wins a medal, to what
extent has engineering design made a
difference to the wheelchair athlete’s
Athlete or machine? Which is more important in
the bob skeleton event?
In order to answer the
big question, students must identify factors
that influence the performance of the bob
skeleton and investigate each one through
practical, mathematical and scientific
By encouraging STEM
learning based on student-led investigation,
problem solving and higher-order thinking
students will be able to provide their own
enquiry-led, sophisticated and justified
answer to a difficult real world question.
Amy Williams competes in the Vancouver 2010
Olympic Winter Games.
the EEnP Team