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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...


A career in electronics, making sci-fi a reality

The UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) has launched a campaign to show students why a career in electronics is worth studying for.'Put simply, a career in electronics is a career that will help create our future. The world that we live in is constantly evolving and technology is at the heart of this change. Only a generation ago you...


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How lessons in 3D printing can help creative pupils shine

Wriiten by Chris Elsworthy, CEO of CEL and creator of the Robox 3D printerIt feels like we’ve all been excited about 3D printing for a long time. For years it’s been the hot new thing on the horizon - a technology which will turn us into a world of makers designing and creating our own creations.While the...


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What would you do with the darkest material ever made?

If you are looking to hide those dents in your surface finish, Vantablack makes three dimensional objects look two dimensional – the ultimate way to hide those surface imperfections!What is Vantablack?Described as the “closest thing to a black hole we'll ever see”, Vantablack is a surface finish developed by Surrey...


Medical textiles making a difference

Written by: Julie Boyd (@julieboydonline)The University of Leeds has a long history of textiles. Part of its origins stemmed from the local textiles industries wanting to compete with the rapid development of new technologies in Europe. Nowadays, this Russell Group University are world leaders in textiles research and innovation.Last term, as part...


To infinity and beyond – moonshots that are changing the world

When John F Kennedy declared in 1962 that America would go to the moon, he created the first ‘moonshot’.50 years on, the term moonshot is now a metaphor, describing projects that endeavour to solve the monumental problems of the world. Famine, climate change, extreme poverty, illness and disease – these are huge problems that affect millions of...


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How do you choose the perfect 3D printer for your classroom?

Image credit: https://zortrax.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Zortrax_M200_workshop.jpg3D printers can be used as a revolutionary teaching tool to engage pupils, and they can help students to understand design and manufacturing and learn hands-on. However, with so many different types of machine, filament and software packages to choose from,...


Blurring the lines, preparing for the new design and technology GCSE

I am a teacher of art and design and technology textiles in a small all girls selective academy in rural Lincolnshire. I teach key stage 3, 4 and 5. My background is fashion design, it's what I did at college, at Leicester Polytechnic and then at the Royal College of Art, and it's the industry I worked in for twenty odd years before I...


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