This a great project for doing in classrooms or departments without a workshop. The only materials it requires are card and coloured paper perhaps and it works with or with or without access to computers/printers. Basic graphic equipment can greatly extend the outcomes such as access to drawing boards, scalpels, cutting mats etc.
The booklet sets out a design brief for students to work together as a team to make a pop-up book. Each student will have to create a page, and these can then be combined along with a front cover and back cover to create an exciting book. I have used this with key stage 3, but it could also be used with key stage 4. Students can complete the booklet with notes on the different binding methods for making the booklet as well as different pop up mechanisms. They can plan the story of their book or the theme. There is also space for research, writing a specification, documenting the making, and an evaluation alongside space for teacher feedback.
A booklet used alongside the design and make challenge/project of an acrylic clock. I have used in different settings with success including both key stage 3 and key stage 4 class as well as with SEND students.
The booklet sets the brief with some space for questioning, research and designing. It allows for documenting the making and a detailed evaluation. Students have come up with interesting designs and made fantastic clocks.
The project idea of an acrylic clock is not my own and I have simply made the booklet to allow my students to work and keep a record of their design and making. I found the clock kits on kitronik to be excellent but I know there are many different mechanisms available. Up until recently all acrylic parts have been hand cut but we have just got a laser cutter and this has helped students come up with even more interesting ideas and clocks to display around the classroom.
A selection of evaluation sheets I have used regularly with classes across key stages 2-5. I have found these have prompted students to respond in different ways and allowed for creativity in responses as it not only relies on written responses or individual work but gets feedback from peers.
The life cycle analysis will get students to consider the environmental impact of their product at every stage of its production, use or even end of life.
I have also used to good success with SEND classes.
Mini design challenge that has been run with key stage 4 groups many times (and a few adult lessons) to encourage creative thinking and problem solving.
Design brief given with opportunities to explore and think outside of the box before using craft materials to prototype and present ideas to a group for feedback. Can easily be run as a competition and does not need specialist equipment so could easily be suitable for use outside of a specialist classroom or even work from home project.
This is an assessment system I created as part of a school initiative to track progress of SEND students working below the age expected levels they would normally be at. It is based on a similar system called PIVAT5 which the school had invested in for maths and English. I created this system so that DT could be assessed in a similar way to maths and English whilst working in a SEND setting.
If you have used or are familiar with the PIVAT5 system, then this works in the same way. Highlight the boxes as a student achieves them. the number of highlighted achievements on a page will correspond with the table at the bottom of each page (the number of ticks) to give a score/level/stage.
This worked extremely well for me in a SEND setting where I was working with students of many different SEND needs and challenges to learning whilst they also had and achieved a wide range of ability and successes within the subject. Whilst some students would easily go onto entry level or even GCSE at a later stage, this system allowed me to track progress being made by students with PMLD too. May also be suitable for DT work in a primary school or early years setting.
Feel free to adapt to your setting. I have pdf and word versions uploaded so they can be used as best suited by your needs. I found a digital copy for each student worked well with notes and highlighting done within word to allow me to keep track of each students progress as well as note any significant work as evidence.
Topic 7 in the GCSE set of PowerPoints.
Covering simple mechanisms including levers, types of motions and gears.
a good introduction to the topic with questions and a project to create a mechanical toy set to strengthen and develop learning.
First set of PowerPoints spanning the content from the Product Design Specification as well as additional theory to support a good understanding of the product design process and encourage creativity, careers links and passion in the subject.
Maximum resources allowed in a bundle is 20 so have split into 2 bundles. This is set one.
This is a project I was inspired to create after reading about the work of different acrylic jewellery designers in a DATA magazine article. It’s a great project to run if you have a laser cutter or just hand tools available to cut the acrylic and I find it very useful to use up any offcuts and small pieces of acrylic that may have left in departments. I have used with both key stage 3 and key stage 4 and normally restrict them to only using material from the acrylic offcuts bin.
The booklet sets out the brief with space for designing, prototyping in card, and documenting the make before presenting their final solution, finished item and an evaluation. With key stage 4 I find it useful to introduce them to a wide range of issues and details about working in plastics and students have always surprised me with creative work.
Essential equipment for me to run this project would be: hand tools, Tensol cement to join the layers of acrylic and a few craft items such as pin badge backings, cufflink blanks, or earing posts that can be attached to the item to ensure a fully working and finished solution, I have found these online easily and in craft stores.
This can be run over a series of 5/6 lessons or in a single day if you are running an activity of timetable perhaps.
This is a graphic design and graphics-based project. I have used it mainly with key stage 3 and key stage 4 to over material of papers, boards, cards, and binding processes. I have also linked it in with some graphic design work to cover printing processes and commercial links with setting up pages and use of colour.
The booklet sets out a number of different design briefs that students can choose from and then set out their research, design ideas, development and making with an evaluation as well as areas to record knowledge and understanding of the different binding processes and some other content.
This project could easily be run in any classroom and not necessarily a workshop making it ideal for nonpractical work such as when a pandemic hits or a workshop is not available and it has even been used within the department I worked in by a non-specialist teacher. I found having a wide range of card and paper materials, particularly a good range of colours and patterned paper helpful and I normally make use of the office binding machine, stapler and have purchased a single hole punch device from eBay to enable most of the binding methods to be experimented with and used.
Topic 5 in the GCSE PowerPoints.
Covering materials. Smart materials, composites, modern materials and material scientists.
Ive included videos from Youtube, activities in design using new materials, discussion points and exam questions.
Topic 4 in the GCSE course. Lots more PowerPoints being prepared and uploaded.
This one covers energy generation (fossil fuels, nuclear and renewables)
Exam questions, discussion and notes to take with diagrams.
Topic 19 is a second look at timbers with more detail and hands on approach from the students. following a creative design brief allowing students to explore the design process further (great opportunity to build skills prior to the NEA) and to gain further workshop experience.
Topic 14 in the series of GCSE PowerPoints. Not necessarily part of the specification for every product design GCSE but is worth introducing to students as a material area as it can be useful for so many products and careers.
Activities, notes and discussion points. A practical that can be done from home or in a limited textiles environment that introduces students to basic sewing skills and simple e-textiles which can be linked back to previous learning on smart and modern materials.
Scales of Production is topic 17 of the GCSE PowerPoints.
Students are presented with videos, facts and activities to learn about the different types of production and how/why they may be applied. Creative task for extending knowledge that would be suitable for homework or at home learning.
No 10 in the series of GCSE PowerPoints for Product Design.
This one introduces the students to the topic of natural timbers. A very quick introduction to the topic with more coming later int he academic year. See Topic 19. I have covered hardwoods and softwoods, given example materials and their properties. Useful to have lots of timber samples as a handling collection to go with this.
This project is a nice introduction to the workshop and I have used it with much success with year 7 classes as they first start out in the workshop.
The idea is that each student is given a small offcut of pine that they shape and drill the centre out of to turn it into a very small birdbox with an acrylic roof. This is then finished by hand painting before a plastic sharpener is glued inside to make it functional. Most take these home as gifts for family members and a few stay in the classroom for students to use to keep their pencils sharp for future drawing tasks.
The booklet structures the lessons and helps students document their designs, making and evaluations. I have included dimensioned drawings for making and extension work to design packaging to fit around the finished item too. Keywords and space for teacher feedback are also present
The first of a set of PowerPoints I have produced to cover the GCSE content for Product Design. It sets out the content to be covered over the two years, the style of learning (TEEP cycle) and some simple introduction activities to get students thinking and engaged.