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Get kick started with the BBC micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is one of the most exciting pieces of technology to arrive in schools in a generation. This small programmable device is designed to engage students with programming and programmable hardware. If your school has registered, every Year 7 student will receive one and there are lots of resources online to support you and your...


Looking for mathematics resources to support your design and technology lessons?

The draft design and technology GCSE subject content document states "Through their work in design and technology students must apply relevant knowledge, skills and understanding from key stage 3 and 4 courses in the sciences and mathematics" and includes specific links to mathematical skills including handling data, graphs, geometry and...


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Design and technology ideas for British Science Week

British Science Week 2016 is happening on 11-20 March. This year’s theme is all about different spaces, with activities and events linking to open space, outer space, digital space, built space and personal space.To help plan activities for your classroom and clubs, there are a lots of free activity packs to download. Try out activities like...


Looks good, works well, but why don’t I love it?

In this season of love, we take a look at what makes a design evolve from being a good product, where its function and form are pleasing to the user, to a product that brings a smile to your face or stirs the emotions. I’m writing this article on a laptop. The keys are easy to type on, it’s fairly light to carry around, and the battery life...


Design ideas for World Book Day

On 3 March 2016, schools across the world will be celebrating World Book Day.A good designer can make the difference between a book going completely unnoticed or finding its way to the top of the best seller list. What is it about the cover of a book that makes you want to pick it off a shelf and read it?Chip Kidd is a graphic designer in New York...


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Product design and science: the search for new antibiotics

Since the discovery of Penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming, drug manufacturers are constantly working to develop a new antibiotic for the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections.Antibiotics have successfully treated bacterial diseases across the world – so why did a designer and a scientist team up to help find new variations of the...


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Introducing STEM into textiles

The profile of STEM in textiles is becoming increasingly important particularly with the developments in the KS3 and KS4 curriculum. These changes reflect the changing nature of the textiles industry, with the UK becoming a world leader in STEM related textiles developments, and the resulting career opportunities this offers young people.You only...


Happy 3D Printing Day

No seriously, Google it – it’s a real thing!On 3 December, 3D printing is having its global celebration and we wanted to do our bit to shine a light on the stories and ideas that are making the National STEM Centre 3D printing headlines.Enabling The Future is a global network of volunteers who use their 3D printing equipment to help provide...


3D printing on the moon? I can’t even get it to work in my classroom!

Another day passes and another stream of news stories fly across my twitter feed demonstrating why manufacturing will never be the same again.3D printing really is one of those amazing innovations that helps to demonstrate how crucial designers and engineers are to changing the world around us. From low cost custom printed prosthetics to...


Why I love Chicks with Bricks

Today the wonderfully named ‘Chicks with Bricks’ – a group celebrating women in construction roles and industries – are having a celebration event.Unfortunately I can’t make it this time but I went to one not so long ago, meeting a vast range of women, and men, working on major and not so major projects, and all with great stories to tell. It was...


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