This C/PBL resource asks undergraduate students to design, organise and run a simluated fireworks display. It is intended to support the development of key transferable skills in a discipline-specific context and requires some basic undergraduate chemistry knowledge. This resource includes an activity pack containing worksheets, briefing papers and presentations, allowing the resource to be easily adopted by other HEIs.
Tutor guidelines: Design your own fireworks showPDF, Size 0.85 mb
Student briefs: Design your own fireworks showPowerPoint, Size 2.2 mb
Briefing letter and proposal guidelines: Design your own fireworks showPowerPoint, Size 1.7 mb
Student writing task: Design your own fireworks showPowerPoint, Size 2.4 mb
Student manufacturing task: Design your own fireworks showPowerPoint, Size 1.26 mb
Inventory list: Design your own fireworks showExcel, Size 73.5 kb
Extra manufacturing and safety questions: Design your own fireworks showPowerPoint, Size 1.26 mb
This resource took the Ashfield Music Festival model developed by the Institute of Physics and reworked it to develop a Fireworks-based C/PBL activity for use by second year Chemistry undergraduates. The students were tasked with running a simulated fireworks display, an activity that involved the development of key transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and commercial awareness. It is designed to provide a discipline-specific context and requires some basic undergraduate chemistry knowledge.
The resources were developed with involvement from industry (Alchemy Fireworks and Skyburst the Firework Company) which allowed the effective alignment of skills needs of employers and the needs of the STEM graduates themselves. In addition, the use of PhD students as ‘experts’ during the C/PBL activity had the benefit of improving their communication and employability skills.
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