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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...

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?

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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...

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Can your students prevent the spread of infectious disease?

The Youth Grand Challenges are a new design competition for students aged between 11 and 19, in the UK.The Youth Grand Challenges set students a design brief to create an innovative solution under the theme of infectious diseases. The competition is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and run by the British Science Association.By...

EEP Robotics Challenge: are you ready to take your students on a journey of exploration?

Tomorrow’s Engineers have invited schools across the UK to take part in the EEP Robotics challenge.This isn’t just a one-off challenge, it’s a programme that gets 11-14 year olds working together to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges.Through the challenge you can help your students develop valuable life skills...

Last chance to submit your students’ work to the Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge

The MTA's TDI Challenge helps teachers and lecturers to promote the great work of their design and technology and engineering students and to celebrate the creativity and innovation taking place inside the curriculum.The TDI Challenge has four categories, and is open to anyone who has created an impressive design and technology project within...

3D modelling: getting started with Fusion 360

Fusion 360 is an online tool that supports the design and rendering of 3D products, assembley of parts and testing of designs through in built simulation software.For anyone looking to find out more about Fusion 360 and get to grips with the software, here are a few handy hints from Steve Taylor, Autodesk Partnership Development Executive at...

Planning to teach computer aided design to your students?

If you are looking for some ideas to get your lower key stage 3 students working in computer aided design (CAD), why not take a look at Project Ignite?  Project Ignite is a collection of hands-on projects, lesson plans and resources, that bring together computer 3D modelling and circuit design.The 3D modelling element of the projects is...

Technology, Design and Innovation Challenge: your chance to win £1,000

Have you got a key stage 4 or 5 student who has a brilliant idea for a design and technology or engineering project? Are you running a group that is creating an innovative solution to a problem?If so, The Manufacturing Technologies Association is looking for innovative design and technology and engineering ideas to celebrate the creativity and...

The importance of food security and how it can be brought into the classroom

Food security exists when all people have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs for an active and healthy life.The term ‘food security’ is being used more frequently in recent years, with the Government putting greater emphasis on its importance.With an ever increasing population, it is...

Designers using their talent to help refugees

The finalists of this year’s What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge may have been announced, but there are still some brilliant resources that can be used for you to run a similar challenge with your own students.“Nearly 40,000 people a day are forced to leave their homes because of conflict and persecution. Among them are nearly 21.3 million...

Make scientific research history by taking part in the Big Food Survey

Written by: Cerys Griffiths, Executive producer at BBC LearningAlmost 800,000 BBC micro:bits have now been delivered to secondary schools across the UK and we know that already students are using them for some really exciting projects. And early research we’ve commissioned shows that when students start to use them it can have a really big impact...

Who is your design and technology hero?

What are the products that have changed our lives? What are the technologies that have had the greatest impacts on society and industry?If you have an answer to any of those questions, support the Design and Technology Heroes campaign by using #DandTHeroes and sending a picture of your person, product or object to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook....

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