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Gold award: compare the properties of different fabrics

In this project, students compare the properties of a range of fabrics made from different fibres. The fabrics could be woven or knitted and they could be made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool or synthetic fibres such as nylon. Students should investigate physical properties, such as strength, ...
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2010 to date

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Understanding fabrics

This lesson supports students to unpick a number of different types of textile, including natural, synthetic, blended, woven, non-woven and knitted Textiles. The lesson provides a classroom presentation, teacher notes and student worksheets.
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2010 to date

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Fibres and Fabrics

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). New applications for traditional fabrics are being found, but increasingly, fibres and fabrics are engineered for specific purposes. Much research is currently being undertaken in the textile...
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2000 - 2009

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Finishes which can be applied to improve paper and board properties

Within this lesson students will develop an understanding of different finishes which can be applied to both paper and board to enhance their appearance and/or improve their function.  Students will understand the main properties and uses of paper and boards.
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Printing processes

Within this lesson students will develop an understanding of the different printing methods which can be applied to both paper and boards (within school and industry). Students will develop an awareness of their suitability for specific products and scales of production and apply this to a worksheet resource. 
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Characteristics of paper and boards

Within this lesson students will develop an understanding of the primary sources of producing both papers and boards. Students will be able to recognise and characterise different types of papers and boards. Students will understand how the physical and working properties of a range of paper and board products affect...
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Material properties of papers and boards

Within this lesson students will gain knowledge and understanding of how paper is made and the primary sources of materials for producing papers and boards. Students will complete a series of questions which will help them to gain an understanding of how different papers and boards are produced, with a comparison of...
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How cellulose fibres are derived from wood and converted into paper

Within this lesson students will learn how cellulose fibres are derived from wood and grasses and converted into paper. Students will understand the ecological issues in the manufacture and recycling of paper/board.
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Materials and their properties: papers and boards

A collection of resources for GCSE Design and Technology that support the teaching of material properties with different papers and boards.
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Designing for society and culture: inspired by industry

A collection of resources for GCSE Design and Technology that support student understanding of industry and the careers available within different employers.
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2010 to date

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