Should there be student manufacture in IB Design Technology?

Hi there, I came across a great question in the OCC IB DT forum and thought it worthwhile discussing here - whether the Diploma Design Technology course should ensure that students are involved in the making and manufacture of a product? With the recent change in syllabus the guide states the following, and I suppose the question is whether this is educationally sound for student not to manufacture their product in whatever form: “Students are not required to manufacture their own prototype; however, ...

Putting together a set of labs (practicals)

So, as a new teacher to IB you are slowly getting your head around teaching topic 1, plus you have started dipping into internal assessment. There are in fact a number of earlier postings in this blog relating to marking students lab work using the IA criteria - just search for IA or Design or DCP, etc. You are probably beginning to wonder how you are going to come up with sixty hours of lab work - this can seem a little ...