Students – Don’t Waste those Summer Months. Get Inspired by other Students…

Hi, Design Technology students - are you enjoying your long long summer before you start your final year of the IB and final year of Design Technology? Well remember there is the Major Project that you have maybe started or our brainstorming ideas for - so do not waste your summer months simply continue to check out for inspiration on the web. Below I have chosen some links that I think will amuse, inspire and hopefully get you enthused for ...

Remember Major Changes to New Major Project – So Here is the Start of A Checklist to Help Out?

Hi all, Yes I know the Major Project has gone through a major overhaul - and although the Standard Level has many comparisons the Higher Level having Commercial Production and Marketing as two separate criteria has really changed some of the emphasis. Below is the starting of a checklist - built upon from another Design Technology teachers initial workings. It is by no means finished but gives a good suggestion as to some of the areas - and also the importance ...

DIY Material Testing Machine – Great Student Project in Materials and Structures.

Just a short post to share an excellent resource and idea for a small project in the new Topic 4: Raw Material to Final Product which encompasses much of the old units of Materials and Structures - with the following areas :- Mechanical properties: tensile and compressive strength, stiffness, toughness, ductility, elasticity, plasticity, Young’s modulus, stress and strain This blog post will take you to a project to produce a DIY Material testing machine to be able to measure the “Charpy ...

Tips from Examiners – What can go wrong with your Internal Assessments and Major Project?

Don't you just hate the Design Technology IA/Major Project criteria? Is it confusing? Well here are some tips on each of the sections that your teacher may also guide you towards. Remember that you only need to hit the complete grades once for IA's and Major Projects for this to be carried forward as your final mark :) Planning Most important to not use common problems that your teacher gives you with this criteria and for you to follow an individual process ...