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Inputs and Outputs of Design

Using the context of the Nintendo Wii, this starter activity develops an understanding of the terms system, input, process, output and signal, and asks students to identify these features in some common products which are shown in the presentation.

The activity, from the Institution of Engineering and...

Dance is Electric

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), gives students the opportunity to develop their understanding of graphs in an engineering context. Students learn about dance floors that generate electricity and consider how output is linked to activity.

The engineers behind the Watt...

Recycling

This scheme of work, produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), allows students to investigate environmental issues in the context of the design and operation of a new school. Students are introduced to the concept of recycling and then apply their mathematical understanding of formulae and...

Fuel Poverty 1

In this activity, students investigate what is meant by fuel poverty. This could be used as a starter activity in mathematics or design and technology, with a focus on economic reasons for the development of sustainable power sources. Using the slides as stimulus material, students are asked to discuss:

What...

Tool Holder Design

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), requires students to design a magnetic tool holder for a robot surgeon.

It is intended that students will:
• Appreciate the potential of surgical robots
• Understand how simple scientific principles can be used in...

Tool Holder Testing

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), requires students to compete to make the strongest electromagnetic tool holder for a surgeon's robotic arm.

It is intended that students will be able to:
• Design the optimal electromagnet given constraints
• Consider the...

Analogue and Digital

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), introduces students to the differences between analogue and digital communication. An analogue signal can be rendered useless by small amounts of interference, whereas a digital signal remains coherent.

The activity is part of a full...

Without Tech Support

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), allows students to investigate the uses of communications technology in the modern world. There is an opportunity to audit the students’ skills such as visualisation or map-reading to form a scale drawing. These are skills that may not have...

Investigating Batch Production 1

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and technology (IET), focuses on the design of a tessellated product and preparation for manufacture. The resource is designed to allow students to:
• be able to analyse a design brief
• be able to generate ideas for a tessellated product that is suitable...

Investigating Batch Production 2

This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), focuses on understanding the steps and the decision-making process in the design and build of products.

The resource is designed to allow students to:
• carry out the batch manufacture of a cast product
• be able describe the...

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