Springwest academy 13

Design Technology

“Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.” ​James A Michener

 

Design Technology and Engineering Is...

Design Technology and Engineering is the study of logical and creative processes where practical skills and theoretical knowledge come together to solve real world problems. The Design Technology curriculum provides students with the opportunities to develop creative, technical and practical expertise as well as problem solving skills.

Guided by the National Curriculum, our students develop knowledge of technological and engineering disciplines and processes. Design Technology empowers students to independently research, plan, implement and reflect on their projects, whilst encouraging them to work creatively and collaboratively. The subject prepares students for life in the 21st Century by allowing them to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.

 

Sequence of Learning

Key Stage 

Year 

Rotation 1 Rotation 2
    Workshop Project CAD/ CAM Project

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  • Health and safety in the workshop focus on hand tools and wood. 

  • Understanding the design process

  • How to measure and marking out wood

  • How to cut and shape wood using hand tools

  • How to finish wood 

  • Evaluating and improving of work

  • Understanding properties of Materials (wood)

 

Students follow a design and make project in the workshop where each student creates a wooden app based photo frame using hand tools. Each student learns how to mark out, cut and shape, join and finish wood. 

  • What is CAD/CAM? 

  • How is CAD/ CAM used in engineering?

  • CAD/ CAM health and safety 

  • How to create basic 2D drawings using CAD software- Techsoft design

  • How to use the laser cutter to create a product

  • Evaluating and improving work

Students begin to learn about the CAD/ CAM process is Design Technology and Engineering with a focus on creating a final product using the laser cutter. Students will learn how to use the software Techsoft Design to create basic drawings and shapes to produce a final laser cut design.

8

  • Health and safety in the workshop focus on hand tools and plastic.

  • Understanding design problems and creating solutions

  • How to measure and marking out plastic

  • How to cut and shape plastic using hand tools

  • How to finish plastic 

  • Evaluating and improving of work

  • Understanding properties of Materials (plastic)

 

Students follow a design and make project in the workshop where each student creates an acrylic phone stand. Each student learns how to mark out, cut and shape, join and finish acrylic.

  • What are the different CAD/ CAM processes?

  • Advantages and disadvantages of different CAD/ CAM processes

  • How to create more complex 2D designs and drawings using CAD software Techsoft Design
  • How to use scale in engineering drawings 

  • How to add dimensions to drawings

Students develop further knowledge about CAD/ CAM processes in Design Technology and Engineering. Students will learn about a range of CAD/ CAM processes and will use the laser cutter to produce a final product. Students will develop further skills in using Techsoft Design and creating Computer Aided Drawings.

9

  • Health and safety in the workshop focus on fixed power tools.

  • Understanding the design process

  • How to use engineering drawings to measure and mark out.

  • How to cut and shape wood using hand tools and fixed machines

  • How to finish wood using hand tools and fixed machines

  • Evaluating and improving of work

  • Understanding engineering drawings

Students use their previous skills and knowledge in the workshop to create a range of wood joints. Each student is refining their skills learning how to mark out, cut and shape, join and finish wood using hand tools and fixed machines to create a wooden box with wood joints.

  • How to use CAD Software for 2D and 3D drawings

  • What are the different types of drawings in engineering? - isometric, orthographic and oblique

  • How to create isometric, orthographic and oblique drawings using Techsoft Design

  • How to create designs in response to a project brief

Students will use their previous knowledge of CAD/CAM processes to create formal engineering drawings of their chosen project brief. Students will develop a project based on setting out their designs as a formal engineering drawing which will then be used to laser cut their final product.

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10

Unit 1: Understanding the Engineering World

  • Understand engineering disciplines 

  • Understand how science and mathematics is applied in engineering

  • Understand how to read engineering drawings

  • Understand properties and characteristics of engineering materials and know why specific materials are selected for engineering applications 

  • Understand engineering tools, equipment and machines 

  • Produce hand drawn engineering drawings

  • Produce Computer Aided Design engineering drawings

  • Demonstrate production planning techniques 

  • Demonstrate processing skills and techniques applied to materials for a manufacturing task equipment 

 

Exam: 40% of the final grade

11

Unit 2: Skills and Techniques in Engineering

  • Coursework Project based on a brief set by the exam board

  • LO1: Produce hand drawn engineering drawings

  • LO2: Produce Computer-Aided Design (CAD) engineering drawings

  • LO3: Demonstrate production planning techniques

  • LO4: Demonstrate processing skills and techniques applied to materials for a manufacturing task 

 

Non-exam assessment: 60% of the final grade

Year 11 Qualification: NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering