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Secondary Design Technology - KS3 Sustainability

Resources shared by the teaching community on TES Resources and selected by TES Design Technology adviser, Spencer Herbert, Head of Design Technology Department and lead AST at Ravens Wood School for Boys Bromley Kent and owner/manager of www.accessfm.com.

This collection of resources is based on key stage 3 Sustainability, which is an area of focus that appears omnipresent in media and press. As it is becoming ever more prevalent in the content of GCSE Design Technology exam boards, it is something that cannot be ignored. It is a topic which is extremely important but in some cases considered at a very basic and simple level. This topic can often be seen as an “add on” or a mandatory consideration. However, it is a topic that carries far more gravitas and is regarded as an essential part of any product’s success.

Recycled plastic bag charity bands

  • A superb resource with a clear outline of how to implement the project in a step by step fashion with exemplar provided via digital images. It really does go to show how sustainability is both relevant and furthermore a realistic option.

Green Starter activities

  • A well thought out and considered piece of work which outlines quite clearly the key considerations in the teaching and delivery of the sustainability topic. Includes a task focusing on the three pillars of sustainability but also looks at SPI codes and key facts surrounding the subject.

Make a Tip-Tap handwasher - recycling/water topic

  • A really well thought out topic which has been professionally produced. The pdf document contains the instructions for the project itself and is accompanied and supported by three web pages. A fun looking project that involves learning by doing with lots of team work and practical.

New Designers 2010

  • A great video which goes in search of sustainable design. Exhibitors at the London graduate show talk about their views on green design, and shed some light on their own inventions and end of course final products.

Introduction to sustainable packaging

  • An introduction to new green packaging materials, focusing on the function of packaging and the associated product life cycles. Pupils are encouraged to work in teams to solve design problems. The resource incorporates group presentation and peer-assessment.

How to make an African energy saving mud stove.

  • These stoves are used in Send Cow training in African countries as they use less wood and take smoke away from the cook. They are also a great idea for a design project for older pupils. You can make them over the period of a few days, depending on the weather, and with a bit of supervision they can be cooking their own food on it within one week. You could also set pupils the task of designing their own versions of the stove using various different materials and comparing how long it takes to boil a litre of water on the stove compared with how long it takes on an open fire.

Engineering the future – designing wind turbines.

  • What’s it like to work for the World’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas? Find out from some young graduate engineers. What motivates them and what does their working day involve. Presented via a short video which uploads and functions perfectly.

Product case stories

  • A really simple but effective website that contains over 50 case studies illustrating in an extremely clear way, the development of sustainable products. Great to use as a point of reference or somewhere to direct your students who require further input or more succinct research examples.

Recycled reborn with Tristan Eaton.

  • Toymaker Tristan Eaton of Thunderdog Studios and Kidrobot fame finds a bunch of thrown away saw blades, zappers, knives and a water bottle and turns them into a quite magnificent Recycled/Reborn Green Thing toys. Great for supplying a little inspiration and also gives an idea of what can actually be achieved with waste materials.

One Planet Food

  • Three young secret agents are on a mission to discover the true impact of food and farming on the environment and investigate where food actually comes from. This is a great resource to start pupils thinking and asking questions about sustainability issues. Also helps them consider how what we do, impacts on the environment. This could be very effective as a stimulus


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