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Lasers

This resource from Boxford describes the process of engraving imagery onto a mirror tile. In this instance a Doctor Who themed mirror is produced. The product is made using a 300mm by 300mm B&Q mirror tile. Issues faced and ideas for future development of the product are described. One idea explored is to use...

Bench Drill

This resource from Boxford presents CAD files for the development of a working bench drill press made from 3mm acrylic. The drill press is designed to be laser cut. The resource describes how the bench drill press can be used as an example of a rack and pinion mechanism for changing types of motion. It also...

Plan your own scheme of work - Jamble

2 different versions of editable schemes of work, supporting the quick planning of lessons.

Cosy Toes: Winter-Proof a Pair of Shoes

This resource provides a cross-curricular design and technology and science project aimed at primary children. Using the context of the school class going to Greenland and forgetting all their shoes, children are asked to construct shoe soles that will insulate them as they take part in a dog-sled trip. Children...

Super Sucker: Designing a Machine to Clean up Litter

This resource provides a design and technology project for older primary children. Linking to the topic of electricity, it provides a practical context in which children focus on electric circuits, motors and batteries to build their own mini-vacuum cleaner. The series of four lessons begins by introducing the...

High Flyers: Building a Glider with Everyday Materials

Aimed at upper primary, this resource contains a series of lessons which explore forces and flight through a practical challenge where children work in teams to investigate materials and then design, make and test their own gliders. The first lesson sets the scene and introduces the problem as well as some basic...

Popular Mechanics: Becoming a Designer of Machines

This resource aimed at upper primary contains a series of lessons which look at the means by which machines (cams, levers, gears and pulleys) transform force into movement. The first lesson provides the context for the project in the form of a story, where students are asked to create a counter to count visitors to...

A Fine Balance: Building a Hanging Sculpture

This resource provides a cross-curricular design and technology project aimed at primary children. Linking to work on the forces and balance children build and test sculptures in small groups. They also discover more about the work of mechanical engineers throughout the lessons. The first lesson introduces the task...

High and Dry: Protecting Objects on a Floating Platform

Aimed at primary level, this resource provides a cross-curricular design and technology project which links to work on the properties and uses of materials and in particular floating and sinking. Throughout the lessons children design and make a floating island and discover more about the work of engineers...

Life Support: Direct Water Flow to Plants

This resource provides a cross curricular design and technology project for primary children, which looks at what plants need to grow and on water transport in plants. The context is provided by a story about a boy who moves to another planet to build a settlement there. The problem is to design a way of...

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