In Year 7, the students undertake a design and build project that requires them to make a small funky keyring torch. They will focus on the following areas of design and technology:
- Understanding of design situation
- Design brief
- Task analysis and design specification.
- Design work for minilight keyring
- Understanding of Computer Aided Design (CAD) in modelling electronic circuits.
- Health & safety of small scale workshop machinery.
- Use of small scale workshop machinery to produce model and final product.
- Understanding of packaging needs and requirements
- Understanding of basic electrical symbols, conductors and insulators and use of exploded diagrams.
Feedback given during project, and formative written feedback and areas for improvement given throughout the project.
In Year 8, students will study robotics. They will learn how to break down a problem into reasonable, achievable instructions that can be performed by the machine.This process of sequencing allows computer programmes to be written for every possible application, from software to robotics. This enables them to design and build an obstacle avoiding robot. They will learn the high tech skills of programming to write embedded software for microprocessor based systems which enables them to build an autonomous rover. Similar technology is used on the Mars Rover build by NASA.
Students will gain hands-on experience connecting theory with practice to discover a wide range of fields linked to robotics such as computer science, mechanics and electronics to name but a few. Inspiring a high level of motivation and interest for engineering careers. The course encourages team work, project management, problem solving and communication skills.
Students design and make an LED night light. The project is achievable, popular and provides enough challenge for more able pupils. Pupils construct the night light body from acrylic and design and make a coloured vinyl. Finally, pupils assemble and attach a LED circuit. Pupils complete a booklet alongside their practical work. This includes information about soldering, materials and a final evaluation.