Real World

This collection of STEM resources is based around real world topics.  Resources are listed in order of stage.

Tom Learns to Cook

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

If Tom wants to learn to cook his favourite supper, he needs to make a schedule so that everything is ready at the same time.

Observing the Sun and the Moon

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.

Bird Watch

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Do you know which birds are regular visitors where you live?

Toad in the Hole

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Is it cheaper to cook a meal from scratch or to buy a ready meal? What difference does the number of people you're cooking for make?


Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Build a mini eco-system, and collect and interpret data on how well the plants grow under different conditions.

Chocolate Cake

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?

Hmm ... When Should Tom Have Put the Rice on ...

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Creating a schedule to cook a meal consisting of two different recipes, plus rice.

Natural Shapes

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

How does shape relate to function in the natural world?

Using the Haemocytometer

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Practise your skills of proportional reasoning with this interactive haemocytometer.

Guessing the Graph

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?

Speed-time Problems at the Olympics

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?

Bio Graphs

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

What biological growth processes can you fit to these graphs?

Alternative Record Book

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.

Solving the Genome Puzzle

Age 14 to 18

The human genome is represented by a string of around 3 billion letters. To deal with such large numbers, genome sequencing relies on clever algorithms. This article investigates.

Influenza Virus: It's All in the Packaging

Age 14 to 18

This article explores how researchers in disease dynamics are using mathematics to understand how the influenza virus replicates.

How the Velodrome Found Its Form

Age 14 to 18

The Velodrome was one of the most striking buildings in the London 2012 Olympic Park. This article explores how mathematics helped design the iconic building and its track.