Technology

 

It’s fun to design and make!  Products exist all around us and are items that we use in everyday life.  They are also essential to the country’s economy and manufacturing is an area which will need to expand further if we are to improve and becoming a wealthier nation.  We as humans are constantly looking at ways in which products can be improved so that it makes life better for us and perhaps more entertaining.  Technology and Design Technology in Glastry is all about creativity by designing and making. 

 

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WHAT DO YOU DO?
 

You :-

 

  • get to create your own product or system;

  • get to work with tools and machines;

  • get to use graphics, and other methods, to communicate your design ideas;

  • get to make links between products and the impact they have on daily life;

  • get to develop your decision making skills;

  • gain insight into related areas such as manufacturing/engineering and the career paths they have to offer.

 
 
KEY STAGE 3
 

Pupils in Year 8, 9 and 10 follow the NI revised curriculum. For the year beginning 2015 we are introducing new manufactured products which will enhance the skills and learning experiences being offered.  We cover a wide range of topics using a variety of materials and resources.  We include topics such as electronics, pneumatics and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).  We have recently set up a short course for year 10 in Computer Aided Design (CAD) by using SolidWorks as a timetabled class. 

 

 

KEY STAGE 4 (GCSE)
 

In Key Stage 4 we follow the CCEA Northern Ireland specification in Product Design.  This course will develop key areas in 4 units.

 

Technology and Design is split into five units

• three units are compulsory; and

• one from two optional units is compulsory

 

You must complete

 

Unit 1: Technology and Design Core

Unit 4: Design Assignment

Unit 5: Design Project.

 

You also complete either Unit 2: Systems and Control or Unit 3: Product Design.  Glastry pupils study Unit 3.

 

Unit 1 - Technology and Design Core

In this unit you will learn about:

• Manufacturing;

• Electronics;

• Mechanical control systems;

• Computer control systems; and

• Pneumatic systems and control.

 

Unit 2 - Not studied

 

Unit 3 - Product Design

You will learn about:

• Designing and innovation

• Materials, components and fabrication

• Manufacturing practices; and

• Social responsibility of product design

and market influences.

 

Unit 4 - Design Assessment

This is a compulsory unit. This unit enables you to demonstrate your capability to design a product under controlled conditions.  There will be three set themes which one is selected.  A range of products must be designed and a final idea chosen.  The idea produced does not have to be manufactured.

 

Unit 5 - Design Project

This is a compulsory unit. This unit enables you to demonstrate your ability to design and manufacture a quality product in the Product Design element under controlled conditions.

 

 

A-LEVEL
 

Students embarking on A level Design and Technology are expected to have achieved at least a grade A or B in GCSE Technology and Design.   During the study of GCSE, students should have already demonstrated an ability to work independently and with understanding in the coursework element.  In addition, students will be expected to have further background and knowledge in design concepts.  A high level of graphic skills with imagination and flair in designing will be essential.

 

What will I learn:

 

  • Develop and sustain innovation, creativity and Design and Technology capability, to produce high quality products

 

  • Develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activity from a historical perspective and in current practice.

 

  • Apply essential knowledge, understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activities and develop an understanding of industrial practices.

 

  • Use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enhance design and technological capability.

 

  • Develop an understanding of the social, moral, spiritual and cultural values inherent in design and technological activity and to develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, economic, environmental, social and cultural contexts.

 

  • Develop as discerning consumers the ability to make informed choices, develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship collaboratively.

 

The study of A-level Design and Technology is a firm foundation for further education, university or working life.

 

  • Those who wish to broaden their post 16 courses.

 

  • Those who wish to only complete AS level and not the full A2 examination.

 

  • Those who are not yet sure about which areas they wish to specialise.

STAFF

 

 

Mr I Breen

 

Mr A Gray

 

Mr A Faloon

 

Mr D Clint

 

 

 

 

 

Head of Department

 

Teacher

 

Teacher

 

Technician

 

 

  • Engineering (Electrical / Mechanical)

 

  • Computer Analysis / Programming / Control

 

  • Systems Analysis

 

  • Teaching

 

  • Architecture

 

  • Technical skills

 

  • Machine operator

 

  • Manufacturing

 

  • Design

 

  • Product design

 

  • Product development

 

  • Construction

 

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

 

The Technology and Design department was opened in January 1995 and its resources have been developed since then.  The department has the following rooms and equipment:

 

Manufacturing Room 1

 

CNC Router, Pillar drill, bench drill, band facer, metal lathe, portable wood lathe, PCB processing unit, sheet metal bending machine, scroll saw, metal notcher / cutter, band saw, vacuum forming machine, gerbil, plastic bending machine, PCB drill, multimedia benches and an assortment of tools for working with metal, wood  and plastic.

 

Manufacturing Room 2

 

Pillar drill, bench drill, band facer, vacuum forming machine, plastic bending machine, scroll saw, PCB drill, multimedia benches and an assortment of tools for working with metal, wood  and plastic.

 

Manufacturing Room 3

 

Pillar drill, bench drill, band facer, vacuum forming machine, plastic bending machine, scroll saw, PCB drill, multimedia benches and an assortment of tools for working with metal, wood  and plastic.

 

Technology Systems Room

 

10 C2k linked computers, smart board and data project, planning benches and portable drawing boards.

 

 

Technology Planning Room

 

8 computers, planning benches, department library and portable drawing boards. Vinyl cutter.

 

Materials Store

 

Variety of wood, metal and plastic, project boxes, storage for consumables, circular saw, metal cut-off saw, wood lathe, bench grinder, horizontal grinder and telephone.

 

Systems Store

 

Pneumatics equipment, electronic components, mechanisms, guillotine, storage for paper and folders.

 

 

Department Office

 

General resources, department management and meeting area.

 

 

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