Design and Technology

Year 7 Exploration

Students are introduced to the key skills required to be a successful designer in the modern world. The aim is to familiarise students with the iterative nature of the design process and to equip them with commonly used making techniques to allow them to manufacture their designs using the broad range of manufacturing facilities within the department. Students will be taught this subject as part of a rotation.

Project 1

Keyring design in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Using computer-aided design (CAD) software, students will research, design and laser cut a keyring in the style of the famous Scottish designer/architect. They will understand the importance of using computers to create, edit and manufacture products using the laser cutter and gain an understanding of how this relates to manufacturing on a global level. For example, computer files allowing the sharing of information with manufacturers around the world.

Project 2

Toy vehicle

We will be investigating aerodynamics, learning how to effectively communicate ideas through sketching, rendering, annotating and manufacturing a child’s toy vehicle using workshop hand tools and some machinery. The final product will be a push/pull along wood crafted toy racing car. Emphasis will be placed on creating quality products and safe working practices.

Theory

Students will sit a test at the end of their design projects where they will be able to demonstrate their understanding of design and make principles and how design decisions effect the environment. They will show an understanding of materials and their properties and consider how different products are suitable for different scales of production. They will also be introduced to some specific mathematical skills that are common in design and technology.

Year 8 Exploration

Acrylic Clock

Building on the skills developed in year 7, students will aim to design products that can be constructed using acrylic and developed with an understanding of how material choice affects the form and function of a product and how this will impact the environment. Social responsibility will figure in the learning as students become increasingly aware of the impact design decisions like material choice and limiting waste will have on the environment.

Theory

The project will prepare students for the test which looks at the mechanical and functional properties of polymers, CAD/CAM, smart and modern materials and the responsibility of designers to choose materials in products for the benefit of future generations.