Inspiration During Summer – DT IB Students Some Great Projects to Inspire.

Hi students,

Yes one of my regular inspiration blog posts – check out some of the designs below all of which could easily have been project ideas for DT students –

  • A revolutionary radio – I always like socially and environmentally focused projects and here is another great one. As it suggests on the description of this product – “The radio’s cardboard construction allows it to be folded so it can be stored (as well as distributed) easily. The solar panel on the back ensures that one doesn’t have to worry about charging the radio electrically.”
  • A foldable chair – nothing revolutionary I know but there is something as always about the simplicity of this design for manufacture that sets it apart. Could you have produced this in your school workshop with a laserprinter handy?
  • The freindimil a toy/seat that grows as a child grows – what a great idea and again beautifully designed for manufacture – have a look at the simple parts of construction. How do you think this would have been mass produced?

How about some video inspiration also, check out this great video which looks at IKEA and its universal success due to its design principles – what could you learn from this do you think?

Have a great summer!

  • Dave Ardley
    July 25, 2016

    Some great ideas there Al;an – thanks for posting.

    Q. Is the childs seat/toy just a CAD concept or is it made by the student?


    • Alan Perkins
      December 26, 2016

      Hi Dave,

      Apologies for late reply – I have to plough through all of the replies to OSC blogs to find any of the comments.

      This was a CAD concept – but the design had a simplicity I hope shows that a student could have produced a prototype for…


  • Rob
    August 14, 2016

    Hi Alan,

    I used to use your blog with my class about 4-5 years ago and having gone back to DP teaching now find it as inspirational as ever. Great work!

    • Alan Perkins
      December 26, 2016

      No problems Rob, wish I could post a little more but time can be a battle – as it is for all of us. Hope to bump into you sometime – as out in Singapore from this year.


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