Key Stage 3 Design Engineering
Delivered within Design Technology lessons Design Engineering is essentially; how things work. It covers a range of developing topics mainly through iterative designing and making projects. Electronics, programming, mechanics, maths, applied physics.

Year 8

Key Topics Covered

The Robocar – Iteractive design through modelling of structure, mechanisms and software. This allows students to build a foundation in electronic principles

Skills Developed
  • Soldering and wiring safely
  • Electronic components – understanding the function of individual components within a system
  • Circuit diagrams – the conventions and symbols for drawing an electronic system
  • Flowchart programming
  • Systems analysis – breaking down the problem into specific areas which can be iterative improved individually.
  • Drawing – Orthographical sketch

Year 9

Key Topics Covered

Traditionally this was an MP3 Speaker project; this will be replaced for Sept 2017 (Project TBC). Additionally, students take part in the slow gearbox challenge, which involves using a Lego Technics kit to reduce the Gear Ratio of an input by as much as possible. The record is just short of 18 million.

Skills Developed
  • Amplification
  • Gearboxes and gear ratios
  • Micro- electronics
  • Vacuum forming
  • Soldering and wiring safely
  • Electronic components – understanding the function of individual components within a system
  • Circuit diagrams – the conventions and symbols for drawing an electronic system
  • Flowchart programming
  • Systems analysis – breaking down the problem into specific areas which can be iterative improved individually.
  • Logical fault finding

How is This Subject Assessed?

  • End of module tests
  • Online quizzes
  • Formative feedback during the iterative design process, including a skills audit
  • Summative assessment on completion of project
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