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STEM - The Squashed Tomato Challenge - Challenge your students

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Challenge your students to take on a real life  problem affecting people in Nepal.
Full details of the challenge including teacher and student notes are here http://practicalaction.org/squashed-tomato-challenge-5

The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local market.  The problem is getting to market involves a long, dangerous walk down the mountain side and over a river, at the end of which the tomatoes may well be a bit squashed.


Gravity goods ropeway is a simple means of goods transportation technology for the hilly communities of Nepal
where access to road is limited.
Gravity ropeway solely operates by gravitational force without the use of external power.


Practical Action are installing aerial ropeways in Nepal
to enable farmers to transport their good to market effectively.
If you were a family living on a mountain in Nepal imagine how this would improve your life.



Students from Chichester High School spent the day at INTECH science centre finding out about how Practical Action supports poor people in developing countries use technology to solve problems that can help lift them out of poverty. One of the probelms faced by farmers in Nepal is how to transport the tomatoes they grow down the mountain without squashing them. Students designed, made and tested models of their solutions, and had a lot of fun doing it!
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