8 Introduction to Design and Technology

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

Term 1

A general introduction to safety requirements with respect to Safe Operating Procedures, basic marking out, 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 and use of electric Soldering Irons. Joining systems we encourage students to use in project work include riveting and soft soldering. A research task relating to the Areas of Interaction will be produced.

Examples of Tasks/Topics:

The aspects of the Design Cycle are introduced with the construction of a Dust Pan or ‘Pooper Scooper’, in which sheet metal is joined to a formed flat mild steel handle designed by the student. Students will be set a Challenge where the Design Cycle is followed to construct a structure that solves a problem that flows from a leading question. For this task students work in a small group and only have access to simple sheet metal material for structural construction purposes. This material (tin plate) needs to be formed into a simple, strong and effective structure to meet the need as set in their design brief.

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.

The elements of the Design Cycle will be followed to make a small wooden box designed for a specific purpose. Tasks will include producing full-sized working drawings and cutting list of materials needed to construct the product.