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Timelapse CNC cut out of Buildtastic Logo

Timelapse CNC cut out of Buildtastic Logo

This short video is a demonstration of our computer numerical controlled router (CNC for short) carving out our BUILDtastic logo. It means a computer converts the design produced by Computer Aided Design software (CAD), into numbers. The numbers can be considered to be the coordinates of a graph and the x, y and z axis control the movement of the cutter on a 3D CNC machine. In this way the computer controls the cutting and shaping of the material, allowing it to be machined in three directions.

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CONSTRUCTION BOX 1: Building a Hedgehog House

CONSTRUCTION BOX 1: Building a Hedgehog House

Sadly, there are fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK. They need homes just like humans, so making one for them is a great way to encourage them into your garden or the outside space around your school. The once common hedgehog is declining in number – since 2002, we have lost around 30% of our hedgehog population. It is becoming increasingly reliant on urban and suburban gardens; indeed, urban populations of hedgehogs have increased by up to a third, while rural populations have halved.

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CONSTRUCTION BOX 2: Beautiful Bug Hotel

CONSTRUCTION BOX 2: Beautiful Bug Hotel

A bug hotel, also known as an insect hotel, is a manmade structure to provide a place of refuge and safety for smaller bugs, minibeasts or to give them their correct name invertebrates in a garden or any outdoor space.

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CONSTRUCTION BOX 3: Building a Model House From Food

CONSTRUCTION BOX 3: Building a Model House From Food

This activity involves children designing and building a model house using only food materials. The children will draw and label their house designs, make predictions about which material will be best for each part of their design and then they will assemble their houses.

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CONSTRUCTION BOX 4: Building a Lego Bridge

CONSTRUCTION BOX 4: Building a Lego Bridge

This activity involves children designing and building a lego bridge. We would like you to build a bridge with a very long span and a maximum of 4 piles (upright supports) using only lego bricks, lego plates are allowed but they must be no longer than 8 points long.

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Vicky the Bricky, Carpenter & Plumber

Vicky the Bricky, Carpenter & Plumber

Vicky the Bricky: With guidance from lecturers at the Built Environment Campus at West Suffolk College, our in-house Scientist Vic will tackle the task of building a wall.

Vicky the Carpenter: Vic the Scientist will be taught how to create a Dove Tail joint in this session with Carpentry lecturers from West Suffolk College.

Vicky the Plumber: Dropping her Bunsen burner, our Scientist Vic will in this session learn how to pipe bend and solder with the West Suffolk College Plumbing lecturers.

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Anglian Water - Love Every Drop

Anglian Water - Love Every Drop

Water is our most precious resource and we all have a responsibility to look after it. To help support learning about water in schools and community groups we have a range of free downloadable resources, covering everything from the water cycle to how to look after the water in our environment.

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Anglian Water: How do we clean the water?

Anglian Water: How do we clean the water?

Anglian Water has a big role to play in that water cycle. We take water out of the water cycle from sources like reservoirs or deep underground stores and clean it before pumping it to our customers for them to use.

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Anglian Water: Make Rain Happy

Anglian Water: Make Rain Happy

As towns and cities grow and the population increases, more of our region has been covered by ‘hard surfaces’. This means that there is less opportunity for rainwater to soak away naturally, creating greater risks of our drainage systems being overwhelmed and causing localised flooding.
Anglian Water: Water for wildlife - minibeasts galore

Anglian Water: Water for wildlife - minibeasts galore

There are 10 million insects (minibeasts) in the world that are responsible for helping plants to reproduce and provide food for many creatures such as some birds, mice and bats. Minibeasts are invertebrates – they are creatures without a backbone. Creatures like insects, spiders, beetles, snails, worms, etc. There are about 25,000 different types of mini beasts (invertebrates) living in the UK.
Wildlife Gadget Man - Bug Hotel Cubes

Wildlife Gadget Man - Bug Hotel Cubes

Jason the wildlife gadget man inspires us to used recycled materials to make a wonderful beautiful ‘bug cube’. He demonstrates a six stage step by step guide to what you need and how to do it. All filmed from the doorstep of his wonderful back garden. No matter where you live - city town or country, these exquisite bug hotel cubes are a beautiful and eco-friendly addition to any outside space large or small.

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Wates Activities for Teachers

Wates Activities for Teachers

View a range of resources from Wates for school teachers.


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