Resistant Materials

Students are asked to design and make an acrylic fridge magnet that would remind a specific type of user to recycle the waste produced within their kitchen at home. To begin students are asked to identify some typical workshop tools, to embed the task within the resistant materials area of design & technology. An analysis of possible users of the fridge magnet is carried out by analysing a range of teenagers with varying interests, appropriate colours are selected based upon this. This research is then applied to design ideas to produce suitable designs for their product.

Students are given a demonstration on how they can produce their fridge magnet product, depending on the group and resources available this can be adapted as needed. Students then have 20 minute to produce a fridge magnet product, some guidance and scaffolding is expected in order for students to work to a tight making deadline. The remaining time involves students collecting end user feedback from people within the class to determine the success of their product and produce a final evaluation.

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