Our free key stage 3 and key stage 4 teaching resources for design and technology have been created to lead students through different processes with the help of real-life situations from the INEOS TEAM UK’s challenge for the America’s Cup, the Formula 1 of international sailing.
The purpose of design and technology programmes for students is to use their imagination and creativity to understand and make products that can solve real and relevant problems across many different contexts. Covering a broad range of topics and disciplines including science, mathematics, engineering and art, design and technology at key stage 3 and 4 will teach pupils how to be innovative, resourceful and capable citizens.
England’s national curriculum aims to ensure that pupils develop creative, technical and practical expertise to use in everyday life, as well as building up knowledge and understanding of skills in order to make prototypes and products for different uses. The subject also teaches pupils to be critical and to evaluate their ideas, as well as understanding the principles of nutrition and cooking.
STEM Crew offer multiple free teaching resources to make design and technology engaging for both students and teachers, with videos and worksheets that will challenge, encourage and teach pupils.
Our D&T Contextual Challenge has been produced to give students the opportunity to practice a contextual challenge task ahead of their GCSE NEA using the real-life example of the British America’s Cup Team. Covering three sections; Explore, Create and Evaluate, this resource explains the iterative design process before going through each section and starting again to refine designs to make them fit for purpose.
Another great resource is Materials and their uses, which covers the different objects and materials used in the construction of boats and why they are used. This is highly effective used in sequence with our other resources or as a quick learning activity.
Each resource provides a main video which will introduce the topics, the context and the challenge or learning. It will also include a number of worksheets for students to explore the different design and technology challenges these real-life experiences pose, encouraging them to explore, create and evaluate.
Explore all of our design and technology resources here.
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