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Silver Award: Future Travel

 These materials look at three possible projects that relate to sustainable transport:

* Communications project - students gather information and produce a balanced view on the costs and benefits of using hydrogen as fuel for vehicles.

* Practical project - students investigate the factors that affect...

Manufacturing Post-16

This publication, from the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP), helps students to understand the manufacturing process through a series of design challenges. Each has a specific brief and the topics include: • Designing and making a helping hand • Robotics: designing and making a walking robot • CAD/CAM:...

Sky Sign

This resource from Boxford describes a CNC routed sign project. Ideas for related activities are presented, such as colour schemes for signage and designing signs for people with handicaps. Issues to consider when manufacturing along with settings for machining are described. Safety considerations are discussed....

Shelf Stand

This resource from Boxford describes the development of a shelf stand to store boxes of electronic components. The rationale for the product is described and photographs show what it must be able to store and what it looks like once fully made. Curriculum links include the use of CAD/CAM to produce products.

Router Master Class

This resource from Boxford presents examples of how to use shaped CNC router cutters to solve different problems quickly and with accuracy. Different uses for cutters are introduced, such as trenching, profiling and grooving. Different cutters that can be used for these and other purposes are shown. These include a...

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...

Fruit Bowl

This resource from Boxford supports the manufacture of a fruit bowl from plywood sheet. It includes a CAD drawing of the component parts of the fruit bowl, which could be used to make the product using a CNC machine. Examples of alternative fruit bowl designs are presented. These could be used as inspiration for...

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...

Portable Power

These materials, from Practical Action, encourage students to look at the use of batteries and the development of more sustainable power sources for portable devices. Typically, electronics projects use disposable batteries as a convenient source of energy. Electronics projects can, however, provide opportunities...

A teachers guide to disruptive technologies

This guide to disruptive technologies provides ideas and rationale for why disruptive technologies should be taught as part of the Design and Technology secondary and post-16 curriculum. It provides examples of disruptive technologies, discusses how they might be introduced in a classroom setting and supports in...

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