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School workshop plan: "Frisky feet, Winter-proof a pair of shoes"

  • December 2014
  • Education & learning
  • Material for workshops and exhibitions

In this unit the pupils work as materials engineers to find a solution to the challenge of constructing an insulating shoe sole. The challenge is introduced to the pupils in the context of a school trip to Greenland. When they arrive at the airport in Greenland they discover that the suitcase with all their winter boots has disappeared. They have planned a dog-sled tour for the next day and so they will need to construct shoe soles that will keep their feet warm.

Versions in other languages and editable version are available here.

Public resource


  • Workshop
  • engineering
  • heat transfer
  • insulation
  • materials
  • engineer



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