Adapt a resource

Now we want you to think about how you would adapt one resource for a specific group of young people. You can choose your own resource or another from the resources Padlet. You may also like to see what learners from an earlier group shared on their resources Padlet.

If you are not working with a group of young people in the near future, use one of the following scenarios:

  • A class of 8-9 year olds in a school in a rural location.
  • A lunchtime club for 14-16year olds in an inner city school. 75% from an ethnic minority background.
  • A scout/guides group of 12 year olds . Wide range of economic backgrounds and cultures.


  1. Download the checklist of questions to help you review your resource.
  2. Go to the resources Padlet and select one resource.
  3. Identify the group of young people you will be volunteering with.
  4. Use the checklist to review the resource.
  5. In the discussion below, state what resource you looked at, what your scenario is and what you would do to adapt the resource. What might you need to ask the students or educator to help you use the resource effectively in a practical activity?

If you make changes to your resource, upload the adapted resource to the resources Padlet, Use the comment feature on Padlet to say why you adapted it the way you did.


If you’re not sure how to start this task, we’ve put together an example of how you can take a resource as the basis for an activity.

The checklist can be used to help you work through whether the resource is appropriate and how you might need to adapt it. Remember, at this stage you’re still not committed to using this resource for a volunteering activity and you may decide that you need to find an alternative resource if it won’t be appropriate or requires too much adaptation.

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Inspiring Young People In STEM: Resources and Diversity

National STEM Learning Centre