Design and Technology/Physics KS3 & KS4: Inventing smoke-free stoves

Fran Scott describes how two students from the University of Nottingham (Samuel McGovern and Astha Desai) are working to develop a smoke-free stove.

Three billion people regularly use fires to cook food and heat up water.

Thousands of people die each year due to smoke inhalation and related illnesses.

The two students visit Nepal to see how their stove might positively impact on people’s lives. Amazingly, as well as cooking, their stove creates sound waves which move a magnetic in a coiled wire to make an electric current. Their stove also creates electricity.

This clip is from the series The Imagineers.

Teacher Notes

Students could be given an A3 sheet of paper divided into eight sections.

Each section has one of the following question stems: Who, What, Why, When, Where, How, Could, Should.

At the centre of the piece of paper is an image of a household item.

Ask the students to write in their questions prompted by each of the eight question stems.

The most interesting questions could then be made into a class resource for further inquiry.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Design & Technology and Physics at KS3 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland. Appears in AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL, CCEA, WJEC, SQA.

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Earthquake engineering
Inventing clothes inspired by nature
Inventing DIY wind turbines
Inventing future fabrics
Nano-bubbles and drug delivery