A booklet to document the design and making of a pewter cast item such as a badge, necklace pendant or keyring with key stage 3 although it has also been used successfully with a SEND class and key stage 4 (lower ability groups.
The booklet sets out the brief with room for exploring ideas, documenting research and design ideas alongside space for notes on the pewter casting process. Keywords and teacher feedback is included on the back sheet and it works well printed on A3 and folded int a booklet.
I did not come up with the idea of a pewter cast item as a project myself but after working in three schools with a similar project thought it was time to conclude all my ideas in one booklet so students could neatly and proudly display their work.
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 project to develop understanding of branding, aesthetics and packaging design. Using Modelling techniques with blue styrofoam to prototype their designs students will design and then produce an example prototype with packaging that can be evaluated by their peers. Students will also have the opportunity to explore and expand their knowledge of processes including blow moulding of bottles, paper and board types and their use in packaging.
this project will run for about 10-15 hours and would be suitable for use in a non-specialist classroom if you are happy to use styrofoam outside of the workshop (warning not to use around carpet as the blue dust is tricky to vacuum up).
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.
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.
A great project that I have used with key stage 3 for two years now. Students design and make a 3D photo frame.
The frame is simply made from a small A5 backing piece of material with some wooden edging cut to size by the students and some mitre joints to add a frame to the very front and then students are given a variety of materials and tools to decorate the picture and frame itself.
The booklet is used for students to document all of their design considerations, planning and ideas and the making itself. Sections include evaluations, design ideas, a specification and space for teacher comments and feedback.
Recently we have begun using the 3D printer to add small elements to the frames and increase the awareness of this new technology to our students. Simple objects could be downloaded from thingiverse or made from scratch if you have time.
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.
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.
Topic 20 Polymers
A project based around polymers for students to further their understanding of this material area. I have mainly used this with acrylic in schools and is suitable for using up scrap plastic if you have leftovers from a laser cutter perhaps.
Follows the design process and has opportunity for student independence throughout. Would work with or without access to a laser cutter
Topic 25 is about health and safety and the use of risk assessment and planning for controlling risk in the workshop but also in larger situations. Useful for planning as part of the NEA and prior to any workshop practical projects.
Topic 24 is focused on the work of other successful and interesting designers. Some are on specifications for certain exam boards but I have also included designers I feel students are inspired by and keen to investigate further. there are relevant videos and activities to support learning.
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
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.
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.
Topic 21 covers quality control in industry and design.
Suitable for preparing students for practicals and also getting them to think carefully about what risks there are in their environment and how they can control/mitigate them.
Includes relevant videos and activities to build up understanding and how to apply more QC to their own work.
Topic 6 of the GCSE Product Design Course.
I use this alongside the amplifier kits available on kitronik (details in the ppt) but it could easily be adapted for other kits or electronics projects. develops good soldering technique and introduces components and how programmable circuits can be included in prototypes and product designs.
videos, discussion points and questions included in the PowerPoint.
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.