Squashed Tomato Challenge

A fun and foody 'hands-on' and 'brains-on' challenge...

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 90mins

Curriculum Objectives: 4

Subject: D&T

Resource Overview

This hands-on, problem-solving challenge, created by Practical Action, will really put pupils' thinking and design skills to the test! In this creative investigation, children take on a real problem affecting people in Nepal.

Many Nepalese farmers living on the mountainside grow fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, which they need to sell at the local market. However, this involves a long and dangerous walk down the mountain and over a river, at the end of which the tomatoes are often a bit squashed!

Children therefore need to design, build and test a sustainable way of moving tomatoes that won’t squash them. A perfect activity for a science lesson or STEM club, this challenge would be a great introduction to any topics relating to international development or citizenship, as well as D&T.  

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