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Space Suit Science

This teaching resource is presented in four stages:Stage One - Finding out about the problem. In stage one pupils find out more about spacesuits, how they work and why people need them to survive. They also find out more about the challenge to test a series of materials to assess their suitability to be used as part...
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2010 to date

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Reusing textiles: waste to wear

In this activity, from Practical Action, students are challenged to design and make a good quality textiles product from some throwaway textiles collected from home or bought from a charity shop. Further resources are available from the Practical Action’s Sustainable Design and Technology database.
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2000 - 2009

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Fair trade textiles

From Practical Action, these materials help students to look at Fair Trade and sustainable development. It poses the question: Is there any way in which the London Olympics in 2012 and future Olympics can contribute to making the world a fairer, more sustainable place?
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2000 - 2009

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Engineering elegance - manufacturing

Kate Bellingham set a challenge for design and technology students to design a dress using e-textiles, to wear as she hosts a prestigious awards ceremony at the Globe Theatre in London. This Teachers TV video shows the winner of the challenge as her designs become reality. Abigail, an A-level product and...
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2000 - 2009

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Energy Trilemma Activities

There is a delicate balance between the three main areas of our energy future; security, accessibility and sustainability. This is known as the energy trilemma. How we manage these areas is a tricky task.The following activities introduce pupils to the idea of the energy trilemma in a creative way, allowing them to...
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09 February 2017

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Nuffield Home Economics: fibres and fabrics

Fibres and Fabrics was one of the four topics that featured as a separate area of study in the Nuffield Home Economics course for students aged 14–16. The aim was to allow students to learn textile science in a way that would be useful to them in everyday life.The emphasis in the course was on learning about the...
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1980 - 1989

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Textiles template - female

This resource from Boxford presents a laser cut template for use when producing textiles graphics. This template is for drawing females. The stencil can be produced using a laser cutter from the CAD file provided. Students are then able to use the template to speed up and enhance their textile based graphics work. A...
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2010 to date

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Textiles: the next generation

New technology and processes are combining with traditional textiles to create a new generation of smarter, more technical products than ever before. Filmed with some of the world's most innovative textile companies, this programme explores the properties, characteristics and functions of these new materials and shows...
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2008

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Textiles: mass production systems and techniques

This resource provides numerous examples of commercial production methods and systems, including job, batch, quantity/mass production and JIT. It includes examples of both hand and digitized pattern laying, cutting and marking up, including straight and rotating blade cutters, computerized laser cutting tables and hot...
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2005

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Textiles: industrial finishing processes

This resource looks at the different types of industrial finishes available and their applications. It explores the reasons for finishing, and when and why different processes might be used. It then goes on to look at how the range of finishes now available is creating ever more technical materials, enhancing the role...
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2011

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