8 Introduction to Design and Technology

The students will use the Design Cycle as a vehicle to investigate, plan, make and evaluate creative products using a variety of materials.

Term 1

A general introduction to safety requirements with respect to Safe Operating Procedures, basic marking out, drawing, cutting, shaping of sheet metals and flat mild steel sections with a focus on hand tools will be incorporated into tasks. Students will also be instructed in safe operation of these basic metal working machines: Drill Press, Panbrake Folder, Oxy/Acetylene Welder, Guillotine and Grinder. Joining systems we encourage students to use in project work include riveting and soldering.

A folio containing research tasks, sketches and working drawings will be produced by the end of the term.

The students will make two projects; one using basic sheet metal and the other using mild steel bar. They will create their product using the Design Cycle, including selecting appropriate tools to mark out their designs and deciding how they will shape their projects

Term 2

An introduction to workshop safety, marking skills, cutting and shaping of wood - with a focus on hand tools and their safe use, forms the basis of this course. The students will also be instructed in the Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) for a selection of woodworking machines. Wood joining systems, including rebated butt joints, through housing joints, gluing and clamping, will be learnt and used.

A folio containing research tasks, sketches and working drawings will be produced by the end of the term.

The elements of the Design Cycle will be followed to make a small wooden box designed for a specific purpose as determined by the student.