Could you survive on a desert island?
May 30th 2023

Could you survive on a desert island?

STEM Learning’s STEM Club activity sets give you the opportunity to explore and try new things, increasing young people’s enthusiasm and interest in STEM subjects.

One of our favourite sets is Could you survive on a desert island? The sessions are aimed at ages 11-14 and are fantastic fun with hands-on builds and investigations. We always start with a quick debate – What are the top 3 survival items?

Grab a volleyball & look at our rundown of the activities below. By completing them, your students can learn key skills and earn a CREST Discovery Award too!

Could you survive on a desert island?

Water-powered Fan
Build a watermill and explore how to harness kinetic energy.

Invisible Ink
Write a message and use heat to reveal it.

Paper Recycling
Explore how paper is made up of different fibres which can be broken down to form a new sheet.

Need a Rope
Explore different ways to make rope using plastic bags and test the strength.

Coconut Carbon Filter
Build a water filter complete with coconut carbon to cleanse the water of microbes.

Choose the best materials from the island to design a sundial.

Organic Toothpaste
Formulate toothpaste & explore the cleansing power of different ingredients.

Fish Dissection
Explore the anatomy of a fish & make comparisons between the organs of a fish and a human.

Make Your Own Mr Wilson
Paint a friendly face on a volleyball.
(Not included in the activity set but it worked for Tom Hanks.)

Primary STEM Club Activities
All About STEM: 6 Week STEM Clubs Resources
The STEM Clubs Quality Mark

All About STEM works on lots of exciting STEM projects. As part of the STEM Learning family, we manage the STEM Ambassador Hub in Merseyside, Cheshire and Warrington, working closely with the regional Science Learning Partnerships in Merseyside and Warrington and Cheshire and Wirral. 

We also manage the STEM Enrichment Partnership for the North West which includes STEM Clubs, ESERO UK (Space) and Nuffield Research Placements.

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