Project Engage

ENGAGE was a European Commission project to give the students the skills to apply their scientific knowledge to real-life issues. We are re-publishing the innovative created by members of the Mastery Science team, working for Sheffield Hallam University.  ENGAGE activities have been used by 15,000 teachers across 11 partner countries: UK. Greece, Germany, France, Romania, Israel, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Lithuania, and Cyprus.

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Big bag ban
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Short description The EU has recently approved tough new measures to slash the use of plastic bags. New targets will...
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Attack of the giant viruses
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Short description Scientists have discovered a giant 30 000 year old virus still alive under the permafrost. As the world...
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Text neck
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Short description New research suggests that smart phone use is seriously damaging our necks. Looking down at an angle places...
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Eat Insects now!
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Short description A London restaurant chain has started putting crickets in its food, and so have supermarkets. Insects are packed with...
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Vitamin D
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Short description This activity is designed to engage a wider range of students. Using the principles of 'science capital', it makes...
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Invasion!
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Short description Common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, is an invasive plant which is spreading across Europe. Because of illness caused by its...
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Solar roadways
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Short description Revolutionary roads which stay snow-free, claim developers. A click of a switch they can transform the road into...
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Grow
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Short description As people live longer the demand for new organs to replace failed ones increases. One possible solution is...
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Death to diesel
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Short description Major car manufacturers have fitted software to diesel cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests. In this activity students...
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Chocolate money
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Short description Europeans love chocolate - we eat over half the world's supply! The bad news is that we are...
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Appliance science
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Short description The EU has imposed limits on the power ratings of vacuum cleaners, and further limits on other appliances...
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GM decision
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Short description Following a EU rule change, the growing of GM crops across Europe will increase in many countries. It...
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Life on Enceladus?
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Short description Evidence from Cassini, a robot spacecraft, suggests that there are oceans of hot water on Saturn’s icy moon,...
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Car wars
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Short description Imagine it is 2020 and students are about to get their first car. Increased carbon dioxide emissions have...
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3 Parents
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Short description The first baby with DNA from three parents has just been born in Mexico. The mother carries the...
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Ban the beds
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Short description In preparation for a summer holiday many people turn to sunbeds to top up their tan but could...
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To frack or not
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Short description The extraction of gas from shale rock – hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – is widespread in the USA....
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Ebola
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Short description Will the next outbreak be a global pandemic? The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was the largest...
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Ban cola
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Short description Now that scientists have discovered that sugar is like an addictive drug, pressure is building for action to...
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Sinking island
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Short description The Pacific island nation of Kiribati recently announced its purchase of land in mountainous Fiji for its population...
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Electronic cigarettes
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Short description Turkey, Wales, Normandy and parts of Canada have recently banned the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, and the...
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Animal testing
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Short description 1.2 million EU citizens have signed a petition for the complete ban of animal testing. Their argument being...
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What does the fox say?
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Short description We use the viral video to raise a serious question: can we understand animal talk? ‘Bowlingual’ detects a...
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Man or machine
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Short description Sports records are continually being broken - balls hit harder, javelins thrown further and bicycles travelling faster -...
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