Design and Technology Enrichment Activity

2020 sees the return of Design and Technology to Ruthin School. Split between the ICT room and our newly created ‘maker space’, our students are developing the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology.  They learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and to make creative use of a variety of resources including digital technologies and good old-fashioned creativity, to improve the world around them.

James Dyson, describes:

“Design and technology [as] a phenomenally important subject. Logical, creative and practical, it’s the only opportunity students have to apply what they learn in maths and science – directly preparing them for a career in engineering. Policy-makers must recognise design and technology’s significance for the UK economy and strive not just to preserve it – but to ensure it appeals to the brightest of young minds.”

To that end, our first project is researching, designing, modelling and ultimately creating a geared 4WD vehicle to conquer a variety of obstacles. Once complete they will be integrating programmable controllers into future designs to improve and develop the off-road capabilities of the vehicles to include robotic augmentation. Obviously, this requires extensive testing and evaluation, but it’s not always obvious quite how hard they are working when they are working with developmental resources such as our Lego Mindstorms and Micro-Bits or those kindly loaned to us by creative-hut.com.

Once complete we’ll assess our options and expand into competitive projects such as the Land Rover 4×4 challenge, or possibly the world of sumo-robots!

Mr Owen-Booth

Posted on: October 15, 2020