Build a simple mechanical marvel robot toy using cams and cranks

Build a simple mechanical marvel robot toy using cams and cranks

A task designed to introduce simple mechanisms and develop work shop skills when possibly producing in quantity. This a comprehensive and very visual resource that lends itself to a production based, or focussed practical task for year nine or ten students. The task includes opportunity for some differentiation in terms of the level of sophistication of possible outcomes. Clear, concise instructions guide every step of production and assembly. A really fun task to explore batch production and team work. I also plan to use it to help develop students ability to plan the production of a chosen outcome by identifying the resources needed and the correct, logical sequence of construction and assembly.
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Rendering exercises to help develop graphic and presentation skills.

Rendering exercises to help develop graphic and presentation skills.

A resource developed for years seven, eight or nine to improve graphic skills and presentation of ideas. The seven tasks begin with thick and thin line technique, rendering materials and texture. Students are given 'sample sheets' of black and white rendered forms that show how tonal detail and specific materials would appear rendered in both monochrome and colour. Students are then prompted to look at how to combine colour with tone and texture. The Powerpoint contains all the visual resources and examples needed to complete the assignment.
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Resistant Materials exam preparation 2017,   Unit One. (Materials, Components and Applications),

Resistant Materials exam preparation 2017, Unit One. (Materials, Components and Applications),

Preparation/practice questions for the theme of 'Public Seating for Adults and Young Children'. An opportunity to tackle exam style questions that help students prepare for the terminal exam. The questions tease out knowledge of materials, processes and terminology they will encounter for both part A and part B of the AQA exam paper for resistant materials. Students are prompted to answer using both words and pictures.
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Resistant Materials GCSE (Preparation for Section A of Unit One.)

Resistant Materials GCSE (Preparation for Section A of Unit One.)

A Powerpoint presentation designed to prepare students for the impending unit one exam based on the theme of seating for public spaces for adults and young children. The resource explores and explains design process terminology from the purpose of a brief to evaluation with lots of visual examples and illustrations. The final page is an exam style task that follows the AQA assessment criteria.
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Build a robot toy using cams and cranks

Build a robot toy using cams and cranks

Production exercise for a key stage three group using timber and basic mechanisms. Sequential photo diagrams and notes explains how to construct a mechanical timber robot from stock size softwood. Each stage of making is described in sequence with all the dimensions and assembly instructions. Enrichment opportunity exists in prompts toward a more sophisticated outcome. The second booklet contains photographs only and more detail about production aids to explain assembly
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Learning and revision resources for the AQA Resistant Materials 2017 examination.

Learning and revision resources for the AQA Resistant Materials 2017 examination.

A comprehensive learning and revision resource for the AQA Resistant Materials summer examination theme of 'Public Seating for Adults and Children.' Its a very visual resource with focussed tasks and questions designed to tease out and consolidate the relevant key concepts and knowledge necessary to tackle the summer exam. I have attempted to address the whole program of study in a creative and challenging way which gets the students to think and make the links between the characteristics of materials, making processes and production requirements relevant to the exam theme. It was also really important to me that the resource contains information to prepare students to confidently tackle a design task within the exam.
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Seating concepts examples page.

Seating concepts examples page.

A Powerpoint presentation containing a range of inititial concepts and inspiration for seating design. I made it for the AQA resistant materials 2017 theme 'public seating for adults and young children.' It explores seating generally with some directly relevant to external seating concepts. Some of them combine hand drawn examples enhanced digitally which students enjoy.
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Single and two point perspective worksheet

Single and two point perspective worksheet

Perspective work sheets made especially for lower ability students. The Powerpoint slides take them through the concepts stage by stage. The work can be consolidated by completing an identical workbook by adding missing details.
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Practical research and investigation

Practical research and investigation

Construct a range of basic timber jointing methods using dimensioned diagrams. Students are then prompted to describe/record how they made each as part of research and preparation for their major coursework component. . Its amazing that only three basic techniques are needed to produce some fairly sohisticated and demanding outcomes for project work.I havnt finished this booklet but you are welcome to use it. It works well for lower ability/ poorly motivate students as a supplement to arrid 'folder work'. Enjoy!
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Product Design based Allessi and Koziol

Product Design based Allessi and Koziol

Combined graphics and Product analysis exercises. free hand drawing exercises combined with Analysys of design groups Allessi and Koziol. Students are then prompted to re-design an existing product using the influence of the products they have analysed together with the graphic skills developed during the previous exercises.
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Timber construction and joining methods

Timber construction and joining methods

A compilation of wood jointing techniques/examples I made. I then photographed and collated them as a visual aid. Hope you find them useful. Jusst about every method of box and frame jointing technique are shown.
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A presentation to explain the basics of digital photography and lens types

A presentation to explain the basics of digital photography and lens types

An introduction to photography using a D.S.L.R camera. Basic concepts such as exposure setting, aperture setting, and shutter speed are explained with clear visuals and text. Information is sometimes repeated using different combinations of text and images to assist understanding. The latter part deals with lens types using clear visuals to explain concepts such as focal length and lens uses or applications. There are two comprehension exercises about basic photography and lens concepts within this presentation for students to complete.
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Build a robot toy using Google Sketchup

Build a robot toy using Google Sketchup

A task designed to help students gain expertise and confidence using CAD skills using Google Sketchup. Easy to follow, step by step instructions allow the user to produce an attractive, completed design for a mechanical robot toy using a wide range of basic tools and functions within Google Sketchup.
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Adobe Photoshop Basics

Adobe Photoshop Basics

An introduction to Adobe Photoshop for beginners or more advanced. A resource for both teachers and students with some structured activities designed to help them become familiar with the basic resources and functions of the application. Highly visual resources explore Photoshop uses for artists,photographers and media students and teachers.
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Making text from pictures using Photoshop text mask tools.

Making text from pictures using Photoshop text mask tools.

A detailed guide to making text images from pictures using Adobe Photoshop text mask tools. A really useful resource for art, graphics and photography students. Includes instructions for enhancing text with shadows, embossing tools and other effects to make a text image really stand out. Lots of practical assistance and examples included.
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Paint and colour application techniques

Paint and colour application techniques

A resource for art teachers designed to introduce students to a range of basic techniques, processes and terminology about using paint and application methods. The resources contains a lot of clear, well presented visual resources and a detailed four page task booklet to guide and instruct students through each process and technique.
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