Design Technology has come a long way since the days of ‘Craft and Design’ and ‘Lollysticks and Bluetack’, not only at Devonshire House but also globally. Many children and adults use technology every day with little understanding of what went into its creation and the many social and environmental implications. Our children are the guardians and consumers of the future and we owe it to them to equip them for what could be, a very challenging time ahead. The Devonshire House philosophy strives to prepare children to participate in today’s and tomorrow’s rapidly changing world.
At Devonshire House our children learn to think and intervene creatively to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They learn to look for needs, wants and opportunities and how to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. They also learn to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all children can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators. The opportunities for cross-curricular activities are endless. Our children learn to put into practice many things they learn in other subjects but in a real life situation
Design Technology affects all our lives in so many different ways and so it is important that our children leave us well prepared for the future, and they do. What of the future in DT at Devonshire House? Well lots in the pipeline, as they say, but the most exciting must be the arrival of our 3D printer, which takes our Year 8 boys into the realms of CAD & CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture). Exciting times.
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Design Technology Competition at Belmont School
On Tuesday 10th June, a group of eight Devonshire House children went to Belmont Preparatory School to take part in a Design Technology competition. We had two teams of four that entered.
The task: Build a time measuring device that can ‘measure’ 54 seconds exactly.
Equipment: Container of sand, blue-tac, two plastic bottles, tape, pins, card, straws, string and a marble.
The pupils had one hour to design and build the device. They were assessed on clarity of their design work, team work and the accuracy of their final product.
Team 1 were placed 4th. Team 2 were placed in 3rd place and received bronze medals.
Congratulations to all of them for their efforts.