Cross-phase;Full team ahead;Reviews;Technology

23rd April 1999 at 01:00
INPUT. The Short Projects pound;12 + pound;2 pamp;p. The Long Projects pound;12 + pound;2 pamp;p. Projects for Junior Schools. pound;5 + pound;1 postage. Horsfall Marsh Partnership, 10 The Hectare, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB2 5UT.

Pupils enjoy a challenge. There can be few design and technology teachers who have not used open-ended problem-solving activities to develop students' confidence and teamwork skills. They are an integral part of many schemes of work, but need careful planning - many pupils use sophisticated strategies to give the perception of working during team activities while coasting along quite happily.

Support for teachers planning such activities is now available from INPUT, a collaborative venture between education and industry which started in the north of England. The project has been extended with support from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to provide courses for pupils aged nine to 19, reaching 10,000 pupils a year throughout the United Kingdom.

The material has been published in three booklets covering projects for junior schools, short projects lasting from 60 to 90 minutes, and long projects lasting from three to six hours. Familiar topics such as building structures from rolled paper tubes and making cranes sit alongside aeronautics and video communications projects. Full details on planning sessions include drawings for any test rigs required.

The packs emphasise the role of the teacher, mentor or neighbourhood engineer as an attached adviser to the team, leaving pupils free to develop their creative skills. Packed full of ideas, these booklets will provide inspiration for engineering challenges in many schools and colleges.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now