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Import and Export

In this film the managing director of Brompton Bicycle explains the advantages and disadvantages of exports and why they need to import about 40% of the parts from abroad. He describes the different tiers of suppliers and how this can have implications for quality control.

Managing Costs

This film, from Brompton Bicycle, looks at how standard costing is used to keep track of where money is being spent during the production process. This is the ideal re-determined costs that the company ought to incur for an operation. The film describes three manufacturing cost elements: direct materials,...

Quality Control

Terry Blackman, Quality Engineer at Brompton Bicycle, explains the process of quality control and quality assurance. They test the tensile strength of the materials and make sure the brakes function in the wet as well as the dry. He explains why braziers mark every part they manufacture for traceability. They...

Who Does What at Brompton?

This film introduces the range of jobs in the Brompton Bicycle factory, where there are 70 staff on the factory floor building and making parts for the bicycles and 40 support staff. The jobs highlighted in the film include the technical support manager, lean manufacturing manager, design manager, quality...

Be a landscape architect

A career in landscape architecture gives students the chance to work across housing, health, green infrastructure and water management and to create more liveable cities.

What’s it like to work as a landscape professional? What kind of projects can you work on? What does your day look like...

Doris Kim Sung: Metal that Breathes

This talk, courtesy of TED, looks at energy efficient design. Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin. In her dynamic and responsive designs, she uses...

Pattie Maes Demos the Sixth Sense?

In this talk, courtesy of TED, Pattie Maes demonstrates a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for more interaction with our environment.

Wearing just a simple webcam, a portable, battery-powered projection system with a little mirror. Pattie can communicate with the phone in her pocket...

The Future of Programmable Systems

In this activity, students explore how programmable systems will develop in the future. Students are required to be able to recognise user needs that could be met by a programmable system and to use an annotated sketch to design a programmable system that will meet a specific user need.

As technology...

Tim Peake's Food Likes

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks astronaut Tim Peake about what foods he likes to eat. Tim talks about how it is also important psychologically, as well as nutritionally, to eat good food in space. Tim also explains that having some British food...

Secondary Design and Technology Introductory Challange - Airdrop Relief

A team working introductory design and technology activity for secondary students aged 11-16 working in small teams. The activity takes between 60-90 minutes to complete.

Activity Theme: Parachutes

STEM Links: Forces, Resistance, Design, Structural Aerodynamics,...

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