Product Design Engineering


This box explores the psychological, technological and environmental impact of mobile phones. Covering five main session themes (see below), the aim of this box is give students an insight into the different aspects of design under the broader theme of mobile phones.

Session themes

Skin: Exploring materials used in phone casing, their durability and how well they age over time.

Skeleton: Delving deeper into circuitry behind mobile phones using breadboard circuits.

Attachment: Exploring the psychology behind attachment, looking at why we become attached to objects like mobile phones.

Global impact: Looking at the global supply chain for materials used to construct mobile phones, and the subsequent environmental impact transporting these materials has on the Earth.

Social Impact: Delving deeper into the positive and negative consequences mobile phone production has on communities that are involved in extracting materials, and making circuit boards.

Curriculum links:

GCSE Science: Physics & Electronics (Breadboard circuits)

Extracurricular: (Also suitable for lunchtime and or afterschool clubs)

Box Contents

Teaching resources

Memory stick


Lesson plans

Worksheets (both hard and electronic copies)


X15 circuit kits (for Skeleton session) 

Classroom requirements:

A standard classroom is suitable for this activity.

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:

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Hazlerigg Building

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Damaged or missing items:

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Use of items:

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

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