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Engineering Super-Enhancements

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KS3 Chemistry / The Periodic Table / The properties of metals and non-metals.
KS3 Chemistry / Materials / Properties of ceramics, polymers and composites.
KS3 Design & Technology / Technical Knowledge / understand and use the properties of materials and the performance of structural elements to achieve functioning solutions
KS4 Design & Technology / Technical Principles / developments in modern and smart materials, composite materials and technical textiles

Are Superheroes Born or Made?

Many superheroes are instantly recognisable by their super suits. From Catwoman to Spiderman, the clothing they choose to wear gives them their unique identity, but also often needs to be made of materials which have specific properties. Does it need to protect against extreme heat? Does it need to be lightweight to allow flight? Does it need to be strong enough to stop bullets? Not everyone can be bulletproof like Superman or outrun bullets like The Flash. From Captain America’s shield to the Bat-suit, some form of armour is vital in the fight against crime.


On the cards you will see the descriptions and properties of different materials that cold be used to make body armour and clothing. You need to decide which materials you would use for your super suit and explain why you have chosen them. 

Think about the part of the suit that will be made out of the material and why it would be suitable, for example you might choose a strong material as a chest shield to protect vital organs, but a flexible material to cover the arms and legs for ease of movement. 

You can use up to three different materials to construct your suit so choose wisely!