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IMechE Fan Boats

IMechE Fan Boats

The fan boats activity was developed by IMechE Fellow and STEM educator Caroline Alliston (see for more details) and provides a fun and interactive activity that appeals to both girls and boys, and allows a lot of scope for pupils to come up with their own individual designs.

The pupils will get to design, build, test and improve their models, whilst applying their understanding of electricity, forces and materials from the primary curriculum.

The activity is mapped to the curriculum and the kits will include a lesson plan, PowerPoint with detailed instructions, risk assessment and pupil worksheets.

There are also number of local STEM Ambassadors available to help deliver this activity in school and provide support.

If you would like the IMechE Fan Boats activity to be run in your school please email

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