Problem Solving


This box aims to provide students with the soft skills to effectively tackle problem solving from a logical/strategic thinking angle and aims to build resilience when tasks prove to be challenging.

The box also aims to provide young people with the necessary skills to face problem-solving head on and to provide examples of times when they have found solutions to problems; which will be beneficial in both higher education and when applying to jobs.

Time Requirements

Approximately 2.5 - 3 hours to complete all the activities and reflections. If you would like to shorten the programme, we would recommend leaving out activity 1: wink murder.

Activities can be individually selected for very short timeframes, but we would recommend trying to incorporate as many of the activities as possible. The reflections are crucial to ensure students are building their knowledge.

Box Contents

Box Contents

- USB stick/card

- Lesson Plan

T- oxic Popcorn Materials (ropes, purple cannisters, bicycle inner tubes, cones)

- Lego

- Jigsaw Puzzles

- Moral Dilemma worksheets

- Materials for the Flying Cotton wool balls activity.

Classroom Requirements

An open space would be preferential for some parts of this activity (i.e. toxic popcorn). Smartboard access for the PowerPoints is a necessity. Space for group work is ideal.

Terms and conditions of borrowing a box

Terms and Conditions

This document sets out the terms and conditions for schools utilising Loughborough University’s HE Unboxed programme. The following terms and conditions apply to all of the boxes within the HE Unboxed programme.

Allocated time per box:

In order to ensure we can reach as many schools as possible, schools may have an HE Unboxed activity on their premises for a maximum of two weeks at a time. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, schools agree to adhere to these timescales.

Boxes should be returned by the date agreed with the WP team. Unless alternative collection arrangements are made, the boxes are to be returned using the labels provided at the cost of the booking school. If for some reason the labels are missing – the box should be posted to the following address:

School and College Liaison Team

Student Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions

Hazlerigg Building

Loughborough University



LE11 3TU

Damaged or missing items:

Each box includes an equipment list required to successfully run the activity, if the box is found to be missing equipment, or if any of the equipment is found to be damaged, the WP team reserves the right to ask schools to cover the cost of replacements. 

Please note, that Items marked with an asterisk (*) are classed as consumables and do not need to be replenished by schools. 

Use of items:

All equipment provided through HE Unboxed has passed Loughborough University’s required safety checks, and where required, safety equipment has been provided. Therefore, Loughborough University is not responsible for any injuries that may occur whilst using the equipment within HE Unboxed activity.

The resources and materials provided should not be reproduced or redistributed beyond your own school without the permission of Loughborough University.