Show stoppers;Subject of the Week;Technology;Reviews;Cross Phase

29th October 1999 at 01:00
Wesley Till previews highlights of next week's Design and Technology with Science show

* 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

* Techtrucks

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

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