29th October 2004 at 01:00
Conferences and courses

The Design and Technology Association is holding its annual conference at Sheffield Hallam University, July 7-9.

Tel: 01789 470007

The International Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research and Loughborough University are running an online conference on e-learning in science and design technology until next September. Proceedings will be edited into a web-based resource. Contributions are welcome from teachers across the world. Contact Howard Denton at Loughborough University.


Stands for Education courses include "Meeting the challenge, making the change" for teachers of ASA2 product design, textiles and food technology in London, November 24, and Manchester, December 7 (fee pound;245 plus VAT); and "Improving designing skills, encouraging creativity and raising achievement in KS3 design and technology" in the North, December 10, and the Midlands, December 19 (fee pound;225 plus VAT).

Tel: 0117 311 5253


The DfES has organised a series of roadshows: "ICT in schools: embedding ICT @ secondary", in partnership with the subject associations, KS3 National Strategy and British Educational Communications Technology Agency. Each will give an overview of these packs: ICT Across the Curriculum and Embedding ICT @ Secondary. The DT roadshow takes place in Northamptonshire, November 30.

Tel: 020 8481 2073

Clotheshow Live at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, December 3-8, will feature non-stop fashion shows, fashion and beauty style tips, designer labels, high street brands, celebrities, music and the Student Designer of the Year finals. Tickets: pound;20 Tel: 0870 902 0555


For the Toyota Technology Challenge, teams of secondary students are required to design and build an environmentally friendly model vehicle incorporating solar power or PIC microcontroller technology, and submit a project folder. The top teams will present their projects and race their vehicles in regional competitions. At the national final, two winning teams will receive a trophy, pound;1,000 and a trip to Greece, where Toyota Hellas is also running an environmental challenge for schools.

Closing date for applications: November 30. For a starter kit and details, contact Rapid Electronics

Tel: 01206 835596


The Royal Society of Arts' Inclusive Design Resource containing strategies, tools and methods to assist in the development of design solutions, can be found at www.thersa.orginclusivedesign

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