Design & technology

Can you imagine life without a mobile phone, laptop or access to the internet ? Just 20 years ago it was a reality for most of us – ask your teachers and parents! Technology is all around us. It influences our everyday lives and makes many tasks easier and quicker to perform.   However, many of these products are ‘designed to fail’. They have built-in obsolescence because a new generation of products is already being designed and made that has the capability to perform an even wider range of tasks. This in itself presents problems with material resources and disposal – a global issue!

If you ask your parents and grandparents “What are the three Rs?” they are likely to respond “reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic”; you may be more familiar with “reduce, reuse, recycle”. The designer of today has to be aware of environmental issues and has to consider the lifecycle of a product before manufacturing it.

At St Swithun’s we will teach you basic manufacturing skills using hand tools, machines and progressing to computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture as in industry. You will learn how to evaluate designs, test products and accept that not getting things right first time is part of learning.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to TRY just one more time.” Thomas A Edison.

You will work on projects individually and as part of a team, manage a budget, and have a good awareness of health and safety and the environment.  You will be encouraged to be creative and original, inspired by the work of others. You will have the opportunity to present your ideas to others and will cover a range of presentation techniques. Most importantly you will be applying skills that you learn in other areas of the curriculum to solve technology problems.

Design and Technology gallery