Years 7 – 9 Design Technology
Students have a natural desire to construct, explore and invent. In Design Technology, using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. They develop initiative, reasoning and decision-making through the process of designing and constructing.
Our Design Technology department has two well-equipped rooms and a bank of laptops which incorporate specialist CAD software. Both these rooms have a fixed projector and screen linked to our computers. Practical work takes place in the workshop section of our rooms where both traditional craft activities and computer-aided manufacturing take place. We have a laser cutter suitable for most sheet materials and are fortunate to have had a 3D printer donated by the UPTA. Although focusing on products made out of plastics and wood, we also have a pewter casting furnace and recently introduced a Graphical Products project in Year 8.
Design & Make
In Years 7-9 we run two Design and Make projects in each year group. The programme is both varied and progressive.
Projects this year include:
- Introductory electronics – a colour changing light
- A Pop-Up book
- Pewter jewellery casting
- Desk Organiser
The secondary programme is designed to prepare students who may wish to follow the subject at IGCSE level. In all courses, Design Technology at Uplands supports the school philosophy and aims to provide a balanced educational experience that stretches students and encourages the development of aesthetic appreciation, analysis, judgment, technological knowledge and change, as well as practical skills. It also fosters the ability to communicate using a variety of techniques.