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Design and Technology

Key Stage Three

In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
 
Key Stage Four
 
In KS4, pupils can choose the specialist subject area from the following options: Product Design, Electronic Products and Catering GCSE.
 
During the first of the two year GCSE course, pupils can expect to study the major aspects of their chosen option. This may include theory lessons, mini projects and entering national design competitions. These allow them to develop the skills needed for them to commence their controlled assessment projects.
 
Controlled assessment projects carry 60% of the final GCSE grade. It will consist of a design brief – set by the exam board. Pupils are expected to analyse, research and develop a solution before manufacturing the final product.

Product Design - The James Dyson Foundation

Year Ten Product Design pupils gained access to the James Dyson Foundation Education Box. This resource has been developed by the foundation to put real examples of engineering into the hands of teenagers. ‘We want to excite students about design engineering – to understand that the thought, building and breaking that goes into the creation of everyday products can be fascinating and fun.’

Pupils were each given examples of Dysons’ products with a set of assembly instructions and a torx screwdriver. The aim of the activity was for pupils to disassemble and then reassemble (testing that the product did work at the end) sections of the latest vacuum cleaner so that they could analysis in depth, each aspect of the engineering.

This insight will help pupils as they start to develop their own final designs for their Product Design coursework later in the year.

The Hurstmere Great Egg Race

On 13th and 14th July Year 9 pupils were involved in an inter-house Great Egg Race. This was a competition to test the design and technology skills of the contestants and their ability to work as a team.

 The object of the competition was to transport a raw egg using a radio controlled car, around an obstacle course and then deposit it into an egg cup without touching the vehicle or the egg. The car started with the bodywork removed which left just the chassis and the contestants had to construct a device on top. This needed to carry the egg safely and be able to deposit it at the end. They were given a selection of tools and materials to work with and they had 3 hours in total to complete the task ready for the race.
The race took place in the main hall and the boys showed their support to fellow house members as they competed. The Technology teachers were extremely impressed with the ingenuity and creativity demonstrated in the designs produced. It was a great success and there will be an eagerly awaited Great Egg Race 2012, so get cracking !!!
 
The results of the Hurstmere Great Egg Race were as follows:
First Place - Chaucer
Second – Caxton
Third – Sidney
Fourth- Cobham
 
The BETHS Great Egg Race
 

 On Friday the 1st of July a group of 6 boys from year 9, were chosen to compete in “The Great Egg Race” at Beths Grammar School. There were 6 schools in total at the event and there was a good sense of competitive spirit between all the schools.

Hurstmere’s team worked well together and chose to use a simple design that worked well rather than a more complicated one that could fail at the crucial points in the course. Teams had to choose a main driver and a co-driver to take over the driving if needed and to deliver the egg at the end.
   
Hurstmere were the last to compete which gave the team plenty of time to study the competition and to discuss the best way to attack to course. The main driver was Connor Hassan who drove the car with confidence and approached each obstacle with little fear. There were some minor mishaps along the way and one cracked egg but with a successful delivery and a fast time recorded, we were awarded a respectable 2nd place. There is a trophy in the cabinet in the foyer and each boy in our team was given a silver cup to take home as a memento of the day.
  
I would like to thank Joe Beard, Jake Welland, Alim Conteh, Connor Hassan, Tom Wilson and Max Rendell for their maturity and the way they represented Hurstmere School during the day. Well done!!!