Farrat Academy – Engineers on a mission to help homeschool with STEM

15th Feb 2021

At Farrat we have a team full of people passionate about STEM.

During Lockdown 3.0 we understand that home-schooling was tough, but maybe you’ve got a taste for carrying out some fun but educational activities with your little engineers?

If you are looking for something a bit different, then our team at Farrat are putting together a few STEM @ Home ideas for the next generation of engineers and scientists and we are looking to have a lot of fun too! Each week we will be adding more STEM experiment ideas to try at home and we hope that you find them educational, fun and enjoyable.

Browse our Farrat Academy STEM @ Home activities below.

Episode 11: How to make an articulated hand

This is Account Development Specialist Ginette Collins showing you how to make an articulated hand.

Ginette has worked in engineering companies most of her working life and has spent the last 12 of those years at Farrat.  She’s an expert in all areas of our structural thermal break offering, and works with clients around the world to make sure their projects are as efficient as possible.

Farrat Articulated Hand

Episode 10: How to make a magnetic compass

This is Applications Engineer Dominika Maciejewska showing you how to make a magnetic compass.

Dominika studied Materials Engineering in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She’s worked on projects ranging from houses and residential developments, through to international cultural centres and high-rise skyscrapers.

Episode 9: Which molecules are afraid of water?

This is Applications Engineer Ailish Hepburn showing you which molecules are afraid of water, which aren’t, and why.

Ailish is a highly accomplished graduate with a Masters in Physics and Business Management from the University of Leeds, where she also worked in STEM Education Outreach, demonstrating science experiments to the general public.

hydrophobic

Episode 8: How size impacts energy – a bouncing balls experiment

This is Applications Engineer Dan Warren showing you how size impacts energy using footballs and tennis balls.

Dan has worked as an engineer on some amazing projects including auditoriums, cinemas, high rise tower buildings, and is currently on the team working on a new concert hall and future home to the Manchester International Festival.

Episode 7: How to make a telescope

This is Industrial Commercial Manager Kedar Vanbatte with his daughter showing you how to make a telescope.

Kedar is originally from India, and has worked with architects, developers, builders and manufacturers all over the world improving efficiency and productivity.

Farrat Telescope

Episode 6: How to make a bouncy egg

This is Project Delivery Manager Adriana Leotta showing you how to make a bouncy egg.

Adriana is a Building Engineer originally from Italy, who speaks four languages! When she’s not bouncing egg she works on projects including world class concert venues, city centre high rise residential buildings and cinemas around the world.

Episode 5: How to build a Cantenary Arch Bridge

This is Marketing Manager Charlene Giles showing you how to build a Cantenary Arch Bridge.

Charlene has worked in the construction and engineering industry for 10 years and has seen literally hundreds of construction projects go up in that time.  Her favourite subject at school was Art and Design and her partner is actually a bridge engineer, so she has insider knowledge in this area!

how to build a bridge

Episode 4: How to make a floating floor using elasticity

This is Applications Engineer Dan Warren showing you how to how to build a floating floor.

Dan has worked as an engineer on some amazing projects including auditoriums, cinemas, high rise tower buildings, and is currently on the team working on the new concert hall and  future home to the Manchester International Festival; The Factory

Episode 3: How to make a paper skyscraper

This is Structural Thermal Break Commercial Manager Chris Lister showing you how to how to build a skyscraper tower using only two pieces of paper.

Chris has years of experience in engineering and has worked on tower projects including the Shard and the tallest building in Denmark.

paper tower

Episode 2: Using transpiration to make multicoloured flowers

This is Louise Dixon from our marketing team showing you how to make multicoloured flowers using transpiration. 

Louise studied biology at university and her plan for lockdown 3.0 is to carry out as many science experiments as possible with her daughter, without managing to cause irreparable damage to the house!

flower

Episode 1: How to make an igloo – inside and out

Here is Oliver Farrell from our office in Switzerland showing you how to make an igloo.
If there is not enough snow, we have some indoor ideas too.

Oliver is a family man with 3 young daughters. Alongside of this, he is the CEO of Farrat.  In short, if he cannot build an igloo, no one can.

Oliver Farrat Igloo

Coming soon

  • Episode 11: How to make an articulated hand (with moving fingers)
  • Episode 12: How to grow a garlic army.