Whatever the weather

School boy trying on a helmet
Soldiers have to be ready for anything! Explore and test materials by designing and building a shelter that will keep a soldier dry.

Do you have the skills to survive all weathers?

Providing soldiers with clothing and equipment for any eventuality requires lots of planning. Learners investigate the properties of a range of historic and contemporary materials used by our army, before being challenged to build a waterproof shelter for their own soldier.

Learners are also introduced to the concepts of making predictions, observing experiments and designing a fair test.

This session is 60 minutes long.

The session includes:

  • Historic photographs
  • Handling objects
  • Team working
  • Design challenge
  • Scientific vocabulary
  • Group discussion
  • Gallery trail and related trail (optional)

Curriculum areas:

  • Science
  • Design and Technology

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