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You can use these projects to enter the Youth Grand Challenges competition. This resource includes three project ideas on the theme of vaccinations and infectious diseases. This resource has been produced by Practical Action, in partnership with the CREST Awards scheme.

‘Reaching the Last Few’ is a research project: Students are challenged to consider if diseases can ever be totally eradicated, and to look into the cost benefits of vaccination programs, think about economic, social and geographical challenges. 

‘Keep it Cool’ is a practical project: Students are challenged to think about how modern technology can benefit people even in the remotest areas, and to develop and test a power supply for a fridge/cooler for vaccines that will work in any environment. 

‘Finding Funding’ is a communication project: Students consider the challenges that different organisations face in securing money for their work to help eradicate diseases. 

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What fabric should you use to make a duvet?

In this project, you will investigate the thermal properties of different fabrics used in cold weather clothing or other thermal insulation applications such as sleeping bags or duvets…


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