Year 8 Technology Taster Day

Y8 Technology

Year 8 students have a technology taster day on the 4th of January

On Friday January 4, all of Year 8 took part in the annual 'Technology Taster Day' event.  Its aim is to enable each student to experience a Technology specialism and make an informed decision when choosing their GCSE options.

A survey was designed to allow each student to choose their specialist Technology area, with a limit of 40 students placed in 40 Food Technology for Health & Safety reasons.

Textiles students spent the day creating ‘Sock Animals’ from old pairs of socks they had bought from home.  The students were not restricted to what they could design and make and therefore the day ended with creative, innovative and inspiring sock animals – Elephants, Monkeys, and many other wacky designs.

In Product Design, students were introduced to Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM).  Their ‘design brief’ was to design and make a handheld ball game based around a theme of their choice.  Each ball game was to be accompanied by a piece of ‘Blister Packaging’ following the same design theme.  Once the games were designed on CAD, students saw their models laser cut, whilst completing fully rendered hand drawn graphics.  The creativity and thought that was put into the design of the ball game and packaging was superb!

For health & safety reasons, Food Technology were only able to accommodate 40 students and although not a GCSE option, it still remains a very popular extra-curricular choice.  During this day students had to work in teams to design and bake a new batch of cookies for their brand-new coffee shop.  In a full-on Dragon’s Den style environment, students finished by pitching their idea to a panel of judges, supported by a taste testing session of course.

A special mention should be made to the Year 12 Product Design students who were tremendous, volunteering to support all areas of Technology during their free periods.  They guided the younger students, passing on their years of wisdom and ensuring the production rates were high throughout the day.  All in all a fantastic effort and superb day.  It was a real community event and thoroughly enjoyed by all!

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