Year 7 Technology Projects

Resistant Materials– A smart innovative animal themed desk tidy with a big bite ! This practical piece will replace the traditional plastic cylinders sat on desks for years to come. Students learn about tolerances to produce a high quality item. Using the pillar drill, sanding machine and other workshop tools they will combine a range of materials building their confidence in this area.…..

Graphics– Enter the world of colour and how to present it through practical workshops designed to enhance student presentation techniques. We build in drawing styles and theory about typography for the students to design and manufacture a packaging prototype. This project has some super cross curricular links, linking in nicely with sustainability shared with Geography and the use of colour from Art.

Textiles– From the basics of hand crafting materials straight into the thick of it on the sewing machines students experience materials in their raw form and how other elements can be added to create a functioning product with its own distinctive edge.

Food– Can’t Cook Wont Cook, the easy savoury snack or confectionary…. No more ! Based on the basic items which mean reasonable cost, students learn about the Eat Well plate and a balanced diet. Practical’s from fruit salad to a grilled snack to the sweet challenge or replacing sugar based products in items such as cookies with items more associated with the main menu as side orders.

CAD/CAM– myPod. This project using CAD/CAM challenges the students to design and manufacture a 3D prototype of their own American fruit themed company. Students will be asked to consider organic design and the need for the product to meet the needs of the market producing a product for the 21st century.

Ergonomics– Why are chairs so comfortable or not, why do my shoulders ache, why being tall isn’t always so good and why being the smallest in the class has its benefits. Using anthropometrics and ergonomes students discover how this essential strand of design is so often overlooked creating aesthetically pleasing to the eye products that are simply horrible to use.

STEM at Christ the King

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths. A few years ago the government recognised that students in England weren’t choosing these subjects even though the economy relies on the growth of STEM based industry. They also recognised that students tended to compartmentalise their learning, and couldn’t see the links between the subjects. At Christ the King we are breaking down the barriers by creating the links within the lessons and in the spring term a project that will encompass all the STEM subjects with a little Business Studies thrown in will be taking place.