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3D printing hints and tips for design and technology

Written by Phil Cotton @philipacottonIf you are new to 3D printing then deciding where to start with a class of pupils can be a daunting task. Here are some of the most common questions I hear:What CAD package do you use with the pupils?How long will it be before you get to 3D print your classes designs?How will you manage your students improving...


STEM Ambassadors: engaging students with careers in design and technology

STEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting free-of-charge resource for teachers and others engaging with young people in and outside of the classroom. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate their value in life and careers.A teacher's viewWe asked Tessa Samuel, design and technology teacher at...


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The opportunities and challenges of the new design and technology GCSEs

There are only a few months until the changes to the design and technology GCSEs will be implemented. Preparing new and effective Schemes of Work can be challenging. To help, we chatted to David Hainsworth, a Head of Department at Calthorpe Park School, who discussed how their department is preparing for the changes.Our department has five full-...


The new register for arts technicians: what you need to know

Professional registration can be career-changing for technicians - and with the new arts register from the Institute of Science, Technology and the Arts (IST) recently launched, arts technicians can take this important step. But what do you need to know before you make the leap?You may have read that HEaTED is working with the IST to...


Rising to the challenge: using CREST Awards in food lessons

The CREST Awards scheme provided the ideal opportunity for me to teach Year 9 students how to conduct a food science experiment and for them to learn key skills in writing up the experiment – excellent preparation for the GCSE Non-exam Assessment.We had just completed work on cereals, so the project title ‘Compare how well bread rises when...


A way of assessing progress in design and technology

Bradfield School design and technology department have spent the past four years working on a new way of assessing their students, using their very own GAP (good, assessment, progress) journal.Every student in Years 7, 8 and 9 receives a GAP journal at the beginning of the year in their design and technology lessons. Students record their target...


Roboteers stand by: Bradfield School are on their way

Design and technology teacher and past participant of our CPD 'Using robot wars as inspiration for STEM', Daniel Grant, talks about how he is trying to take his classroom all the way to the Robot Wars arena.I have a history of building combat robots, so creating a Robot Wars entry with the students seemed like the perfect way to explore how...


Celebrating British Science Week in design and technology

British Science Week is taking place from 10-19 March 2017, is your design and technology department joining in the celebrations?This year’s theme is change and aims to encourage young people to think about and investigate the changes happening around the globe.From seasons and climate, to materials and energy, this annual celebration is a...


Mathematics: an important ingredient in the new design and technology qualifications

For those teaching the new design and technology and engineering specifications from September 2017, one of the most interesting changes to the examined content is the increased focus on mathematics knowledge. How would you or your students fare with the following question?A water feature is made from three buckets A, B and C. Each bucket...


Top six resources for primary teachers over Christmas

It’s that time of year again and as we hurtle towards the end of term, I have put together a few ideas to support learning in primary mathematics, science and design and technology in the run-up to Christmas:1. Plan a class partyIn this problem solving activity, children choose and carry out a range of calculations in order to plan a...


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