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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...

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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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...

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,...

Design and technology: embracing change and challenge

There are big changes to the GCSEs on offer to students choosing food, design and technology and engineering as an option. Below is a guide to how you can get help to prepare.The GCSE in food technology is the first change rolling out in September 2016.The newly titled food preparation and nutrition GCSE has some exciting practical content to get...

STEM Insight: an insightful experience at Crossrail

"I have gained valuable experience into how to raise the quality of teaching and learning in design and technology, as well as getting the best from people, places and the environment around me."I am a creative and curious person by nature. My background began in fashion but, following a period of maternity leave, I left the fashion industry, not...

Does your sewing machine need an MOT?

Sewing machines are a key tool in any textiles department and how well machines are working impacts both on the quality of outcomes students’ produce and the stress levels of the teacher.The high amount of use that machines get in school mean that it is important to regularly maintain equipment, but this can be expensive. There are less and less...

What’s the point of design and technology?

How often do we hear – why am I doing this Miss? What’s the point in learning this? I don’t want to be a designer/engineer/etc, so why am I doing design and technology (D&T)? In the midst of these questions I thought – why don’t they think as much of D&T as I do? When I moved into training teachers I kept asking the same question – why are...

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