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Design Technology:  Product Design with Electronics

Design Technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies. The subject calls for students to become creative problem solvers who must look for needs, wants, and opportunities, and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products.

At Hungerhill School we believe that Design Technology enables students to:

  • understand how design and technology affects our lives in the 21st century
  • relate their personal experience to the work of commerce and industry
  • enable students to develop higher thinking skills

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Mr C Gibbons
Joint Curriculum Leader

Design and Technology Product Design KS3

Main skills developed in Year 7: Main skills developed in Year 8:

Design Skills:

  • ​analytical skills
  • research skills
  • communication skills – using a variety of techniques to present ideas and findings.  Using Computer Aided Design software
  • planning
  • evaluating

Making Skills:

  • marking out using templates
  • using a range of workshop tools and materials
  • using CAD software
  • using the laser cutter, Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • assembling and soldering an electronic circuit
  • cutting, shaping, joining, and finishing thermo-plastic materials
  • cutting and joining card, craft straws, and softwood

Design Skills:

  • analytical skills
  • research skills
  • communication skills – using a variety of techniques to present ideas and findings.  Using Computer Aided Design software
  • planning
  • evaluating

Making Skills:

  • ​marking out using templates
  • using a range of workshop tools and materials
  • using CAD software
  • using the laser cutter, computer aided manufacturing, sublimation printing, and vacuum forming
  • assembling and soldering an electronic circuit
  • cutting, shaping, joining, and finishing thermo-plastic materials
  • making out, cutting, shaping, and finishing mild steel
  • building a rigid frame, reinforcing a structure, housing a mechanism
  • developing a range of personal, social and listening, and thinking skills within a variety of contexts
​How parents can help to support their son's/daughter's learning in Year 7: ​​​How parents can help to support their son's/daughter's learning in Year 8:
  • ​Students are to bring stationery equipment to each lesson (colouring pencils).
  • Students are to have an A4 plastic page pocket folder in which to store their design work.
  • Students should take care to organise and present their work to the best of their ability.
  • ​Students are to bring stationery equipment to each lesson (colouring pencils).
  • Students are to have an A4 plastic page pocket folder in which to store their design works.
  • Students should take care to organise and present their work to the best of their ability.

Design Technology : Product Design with Electronics KS4

Exam Board:

AQA

Qualification:

GCSE

Assessment:

Coursework (controlled assessment) 60%

Examination (written) 40%

Outline of course content:

Product design with electronics provides the students with the opportunity to design and make products using a wide range of materials and electronics. Whilst paper/card are compulsory materials for study in this multi-material specification, students must study at least one other material and are encouraged to develop an awareness of other material areas, namely electronics, plastics, and woods.

Outline of course structure:

Students will complete a mini assignment at the start of KS4 which is designed to build up skills and knowledge in preparation for starting their major project for GCSE. Lessons will be structured so that all students get practical sessions, as well as lessons where the portfolio of evidence is completed for their folder. Theory lessons will also form a large part of what is to be learned and understood in order to complete the final exam.

Careers using Design Technology

Those with a passion for DT could enjoy any one of a wide number of careers. How about the following:
 
In manufacturing: working in industry developing, producing, and testing goods made out of plastics, metal, ceramics, glass, clay, wood, oil, or chemicals.
 
In engineering: as an electrician or as a technician/engineer in the mechanical, civil, electronic, or chemical engineering industries.
 
In textiles: designing and manufacturing clothing, upholstery, and fabrics needed for particular uses, such as sails, parachutes, or canopies. You could work with natural or man-made fabrics.
 
In the food industry: cooking, working for food producers, researching and developing new products, or in advisory work as a nutritionist or home economist.
 
In traditional craftwork: ironwork, saddlery, glassblowing, woodwork, pottery, or hat or shoe making.
 
In the Armed forces: lots of opportunities occur in such as avionics work, technicians, maintenance, and repair
 
In education: if you've enjoyed studying the subject, why not try teaching it to the next generation or work as a technician helping the teacher to deliver the lesson?

Progression:

Lots of sixth forms offer A-Level Design Technology which can be combined with other subjects. Also available are the Level 3 Diplomas in Engineering, Textiles, or Manufacturing.
 
Universities offer many ‘design’ and ‘technology’ degrees. Some are very specialist, for example Leeds University offer courses to prepare you for working in the petro-chemical industry or aviation design. Many others are much more general and cover a wide range of skills needed for civil, mechanical, building, electrical, and product design work.