Most DT/Engineering courses which require students to develop their knowledge of materials. This collection of lists was compiled by a DT teacher with experience of teaching a range of courses at KS4/5.
Links and Resources
A series of videos that could be used to give KS4/5 engineering students an insight into advanced/smart materials.
A series of vworksheets to accompany videos (above) that could be used to give KS4/5 engineering students an insight into advanced/smart materials.
These resources, provided by the James Dyson Foundation, include lesson plans, activities and a presentation to support Key Stage Four design and technology and engineering courses. The resources include a materials investigation based on a DC22 vaccuum cleaner which could be applied to many KS4/5 engineering courses. The bulk of the materials in the product are polymers.
A booklet and other resources with lots of information about composite materials, one of the main classes of materials that needs to covered iin may engineering courses.
A free online materials database, really useful for investigating material properties.
Excellent website to support DT and engineering courses. This link takes you to the Resistant Materials section which includes loads of information and worksheets to help you teach materials in KS4/5 Enginering courses.
Another excellent website with lots of information to support teaching of materials in KS4/5 Engineering.
A website that links you to lots of other free websites, videos and resources to support this subject.
A useful video to teach students about material thermal properties.
A booklet and teachers guide about metals. Might be a bit technical but does have some useful information.
Another good source of information on materials for GCSE courses.
Excellent website containing a lot of detail about a range of materials, their applications and associated manufacturing processes.