Design and Technology

In Design and Technology we encourage learners to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Through Design and Technology learners combine their practical skills with their decision-making skills.

You can help your child by:

Supporting outside activities and interests - developing craft/design skills in Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, entering competitions such as: Rotary Young Designer, Rotary Young Cook of the Year Award, the Audi Young Designer competition and the WJEC Innovation awards.

Providing products that relate to their class projects.

Discussing current design issues, for example sustainability.

Making them aware of other cultures when designing.

Encouraging your child to sketch and present ideas by providing drawing equipment.

Supporting risk taking and experimentation with ideas.

Providing Internet access, this can be a useful tool when researching.

Useful websites:

designmuseum.org 

instructables.com/

BBC bitesize

Providing 3D CAD programs such as:

Solidworks – Industrial standard Engineering orientated CAD with Physics/FEA/CFD simulation capabilities. Free software license for LLantwit Major Students. Please see department website for details or students can bring in a memory stick to copy the software.8Gb memory device required.

Sketchup –Architectural CAD software that is simple learn. Free version available to download.

Autodesk 123D – Easy to use consumer orientated collection of 3D CAD apps for windows, Mac OS X and IPad with integrated 3D printing services.

Provide Graphics software such as:

Adobe Photoshop for photo editing and manipulation.

Adobe Illustrator for vector drawing graphics.

Encourage an interest in computer programming: There are many low cost/free software packages for students that allow the control of electronic systems such as Picaxe, Arduino, scratch. Provide and encourage use of educational toys such as Lego/Mechano or similar and educational games such as Minecraft.

Provide access to educational design apps for mobile phones and tablets such as those found on Google play for Android and App store for Apple IOS devices.

Places to take your child in the local area:

Techniquest – Cardiff bay.

National Water front museum – Swansea.

Centre for alternative Technology – Machynlleth.

Pendine Museum of speed.