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Product design is the foundation of our everyday life and shapes the world around us. It is based on designing products and objects, from consumer goods and medical equipment to communication devices. The subject explores the design process and offers pupils the opportunity to develop their design and making skills, in both 2D and 3D visualisation techniques.

Extra Curricula – Product Design Club

This club is an extra curricula activity held every week and is available to year 8. It offers pupils the chance to improve and develop their 3D computer modelling skills using the following software:

  • Techsoft 2D Design

  • Sketchup

  • Pro/Desktop

Year 5 Clock Project

The year 5 clock project introduces pupils to product design and the design process. They will explore different ways of researching and use their findings to help them create design ideas which are suitable for a chosen target market. Pupils will gain basic skills in using hand tools and 2D computer aided design software.

Year 6 Mirror Project

The mirror project involves pupils further developing their basic knowledge of product design. Pupils use research methods to investigate existing products and to look into their chosen target market, using this information they then create a range of design ideas. Pupils will create a working product of their final design, which will allow them to improve their basic modelling skills; they are also required to produce a 3D visualisation of their product using CAD software.

Year 7 Desk Tidy and Pen holder projects

During year7 pupils complete two separate projects both of which have a related theme. These projects give the students an opportunity to work with a range of materials and processes. The desk tidy project develops pupils’ knowledge of the design process and their understanding of product design. The thirteen week course sees pupils developing their design ideas to suit a design specification, their ideas are presented using both 2D and 3D drawing techniques and their final outcome is produced by using a range of practical skills. The CAD stage of the project offers the students the opportunity to explore a wide range of tools to produce a 3D model.

Year 8 Keepsake Box

In year 8 students will acquire a range of new skills both creatively and practically. They will develop their design and presentation skills using a range of different media and drawing techniques, which focus on isometric and perspective drawing. Pupils will produce a keepsake box with a suitable theme relevant to their chosen target market and apply a range of practical skills when doing so.

 

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Useful websites

http://www.technologystudent.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/

http://www.mr-dt.com/

  Last updated 1/10/2015


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