* The Linx Model Maker
An inexpensive and easy to use construction system suitable for investigating mechanisms and structures in primary Damp;T. Workcards are included and a video shows the basic techniques needed. The kit could either be used for practical tasks or to support design-and-make activities. TTS: 01773 830255
Heron Educational have updated the contents of their Techtrucks (from pound;195) and new workcards are available for the AZTECS range (from pound;6.50). Heron have also published a free guide to resources for the QCA scheme of work. Heron: 01246 453354
* Loan Boxes
The University of Greenwich and the Design Museum's National Outreach Project involves the loan of 50 Architectural Handling Collections distributed to English leas for use by schools. The loan boxes are suitable for children and staff Inset . Design Museum: 0171 403 6933.
* Food Production
The British Meat Education Service is launching a free video magazine which includes industrial case studies illustrating food production. This will complement their other free food related resources which are supported by a team of regional staff who offer workshops and conferences for teachers. 01908 844191
* Food in focus
This CD-Rom from Ridgwell Press is designed for the nutritional analysis of recipes, food products and diets. It is extremely quick so that a recipe can be analysed and a label created in two minutes. This should prove especially useful for GCSE. From pound;75 for single user. Ridgwell Press: 0121 455 6505.
* Help Sheets
The Design and Technology Association (DATA) has published a pack of Help Sheets to support Damp;T at key stages 1 and 2. These A4 cards are matched to the units of work and are clearly illustrated and contain guidance and realistic advice. pound;15. (pound;10 for DATA members). DATA: 01789 470007
The Design and Technology with Science Education Show is at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, from November 4 to 6. Wesley Till is a senior lecturer at the University of Central England, Birmingham