"D&T Stream � December '09"
D&T Stream – December '09 Welcome to the December issue of D&T Stream, our monthly newsletter keeping you up-to- date with what’s happening in D&T. If you have items you wish to include in a future issue, please contact Deborah Watson with the details, email: Deborah.Watson@data.org.uk D&T Association News The Design and Technology Association Education and International Research Conference 2010: Ideas Worth Sharing Keele University, Wednesday 7-Friday 9 July 2010 Call for research papers and presentations The Design and Technology Association Annual Research Conference is a key event for all those involved in D&T curriculum development, teaching, teacher training and educational research. The Association is keen to promote research into all aspects of the subject and its development and provide a forum where researchers and those involved in D&T can come together to share practice. We particularly welcome professionals who are new or aspiring researchers. They will benefit greatly from the range of research undertaken by more experienced researchers in the field, often with an international reputation, who use the conference to publish their work. Through its editorial board, experienced referees actively support researchers through the process of submitting their research output, leading to it being presented at the conference and published in the conference proceedings. The Design and Technology Association is pleased to consider research relating to any aspect of D&T spanning primary, secondary, higher education, teacher training and continued professional development. The deadline for paper abstracts is 30 January 2010. Submissions should be emailed to Neil Whitton: firstname.lastname@example.org ‘The World of a D&T Consultant’ Conference – presented with NAAIDT Wednesday 16 December – London Are you a new or experienced LA adviser, AST, independent consultant or inspector? Do you support or deliver training for D&T teachers? Jointly run by the D&T Association and the NAAIDT, this one-day conference is open to all those who have responsibility for promoting excellence and quality in D&T beyond a single institution. This is a practical and informative day, designed to provide ideas and suggestions to those new to advising and supporting schools, and to provide some refreshing new approaches to those who are experienced. The workshop provides opportunities to: hear what is happening in the world of D&T, with new projects and national initiatives to bring you up to date and understand what is ahead find out about the range of consultancy opportunities available through the D&T Association and National Association of Advisers and Inspectors and the support offered to consultant members develop essential consultancy skills in developing and expanding your work, marketing your services and working successfully in a consultancy role in D&T education network with other consultants and organisations to provide opportunities for working together, supporting each other and learning from each other. To book online or download a booking form please visit the Events/Autumn Term Events section at http://www.data.org.uk/ The Design Mark - does your school excel in the teaching of design? If the answer is yes, then you should consider applying for the Design Mark, an award which recognises both primary and secondary schools for the excellence of their design teaching. For further information, visit the website or contact Emma Watson at email@example.com The Design Council has further information about the Design Mark on their website, including a pdf with short case studies from some of the schools that have been awarded the Mark for the quality of their design teaching. http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/About-Design/Resources- for-design-teachers-and-students/The-Design-Mark/. There is also a downloadable guide to running a design challenge in your school http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/About- Design/Resources-for-design-teachers-and-students/A-ten-step-guide-to-running-a-design- workshop/?id=5092 and an interesting film about the Prince Philip Designers Prize which has been produced as part of the learning resources for schools: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/About-Design/Resources-for-design-teachers-and- students/50-years-of-innovation-in-design/. Exciting CPD opportunity for primary D&T Funding has been secured for 2009-2010 for primary D&T courses for subject leaders or those with a particular interest in primary D&T. In addition, the courses are appropriate for secondary teachers who are liaising with their primary schools. The courses cover all the key areas of D&T including policy, scheme of works; assessment and the development of knowledge and understanding and practical skills. Participants have the opportunity to create their own teaching aids. All courses will be linked closely to the new primary curriculum. Courses are at MA Ed level and participants will have the opportunity to gain credits towards an MA Ed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find your nearest course. Birmingham course dates 2010: 24, 25, 26 February; 11, 12 May. Contact email@example.com Lancashire course dates 2010: 11 and 12 January; 8 and 9 March; 22 and 23 March 2010 at the LPDS Centre, Southport Road, Chorley, Lancs PR7 1NG. Further details are available here or contact Chris Cannon on 01253 886787 or 07768 290945 Making Effective Links between Science and Design & Technology In the draft proposals for the new primary curriculum, design & technology is placed with science in the area of learning ‘Scientific and Technological Understanding’. In order to help primary teachers better understand the relationship between these two subjects and how effective links can be made (and ineffective ones avoided), members of the primary science and design & technology communities have come together to plan a one day course, ‘Science and Design and Technology’ which will be run in 5 of the regional Science Learning Centres: Wednesday 2 December 2009 East of England Science Learning Centre – Hertfordshire Thursday 4 February 2010 North East Science Learning Centre – County Durham Tuesday 16 March 2010 West Midlands Science Learning Centre – Keele Tuesday 18 May 2010 South East Science Learning Centre – Southampton Monday 14 June 2010 North West Science Learning Centre – Manchester For details visit https://www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk/WebPortal.aspx?page=1 BETT Show 2010 Wednesday 13 - Saturday 16 January 2010 – Olympia, London Come and visit us on the Subject Associations’ stand, Q42-4 at the 2010 BETT Show in London. This is the world’s largest educational technology event, so don’t miss it! Find out which key figures are presenting the keynotes, what’s on the seminar programme and who’s exhibiting plus register online for free at http://www.bettshow.com/ Every Child Matters, Healthy Schools, SEAL and tackling the obesity agenda - how the Food in Schools Primary Training Programme can benefit all of the above and more! As well as providing all Primary Teachers in England with the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding about food and cooking in the primary curriculum the Food in Schools Primary Training Programme also contributes to the outcomes of all of the above mentioned target areas. In addition, the programme also covers information on health, safety and food hygiene and provides teachers with a certificate of accreditation upon completion of the training. For flexibility the training courses can either be taken as 1 or 2 days depending on the local area. To find out more and to book your FREE training visit http://www.foodinschools.org/ Active Kids Get Cooking Special Challenge 2010 The Active Kids Get Cooking Special Challenge 2010 has been launched! The details are as follows: ‘In an ideal world we would shop wisely, eat well and sustain resources for the future.’ Impress your friends by designing and making a sustainable spread which shows your resourcefulness. You may consider: growing your own ingredients; using local/regional foods; choosing seasonal foods; buying products which are value for money; reducing food waste; using leftovers; reducing the environmental impact. A special selection of resources has been produced to help you introduce the Special Challenge to pupils, these include: Guides, presentations, worksheets and a cards activity. For all the Special Challenge details, Click here Do you want to be a Food Technology HLTA – or do you need to train your support staff? As part of the DCSF’s aim to increase the number of young people aged 11-16 given the opportunity to cook, it has identified the need for more support staff as well as qualified food teachers, and has made a commitment to train up to 750 specialist food Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs). All local authorities have funding available to them for training HLTAs; if you require further information, please visit http://www.data.org.uk/, or to find a contact for your region see http://www.tda.gov.uk/support. Training by the D&T Association consortium, (which includes the British Nutrition Foundation and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) provides: Auditing of training needs and planning a personalised programme. Face-to-face practical food preparation and cooking skills. Guided learning supported by a personal mentor, using multi-media resources, on- line tutorials and self assessment to develop knowledge and understanding of food technology, including practical skills; classroom health and safety; diet and nutrition; consumer awareness and hygiene and food safety. Classroom practice with an experienced teacher-mentor in a school. Health and safety accreditation to D&T Association Health and Safety standards,and food hygiene certification. On-going support provided by HLTA category membership of the professional association for food technology teachers for one year. If you are an LA interested in booking training for a group of Food Technology HLTAs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Food Technology HLTA information Further details about becoming a Food Technology HLTA are now available on our website. Teach Food Technology This is now underway, with the first group of trainees embarking on the CPD programme. All the delegates come with varied backgrounds encompassing the secondary curriculum and bring a wide range of expertise and knowledge to the training: the common factor is that they are not food specialists. The focus for the delegates is to develop knowledge and understanding of food technology in key stage 3, as well as the confidence and competence to teach students in the classroom. Practical skill development is at the centre of the programme, with delegates working with an experienced food technology teacher in a secondary school food technology room. They will extend subject knowledge and those all-important skills that are needed when teaching 20 key stage 3 pupils a practical food technology lesson in a very short time! Underpinning the work are focussed days with specialist teaching in nutrition and food science, curriculum management and the opportunity to work with a specialist subject mentor. DCSF have funded this programme for qualified teachers who are not food technology specialists; for further details about the programme and how to apply visit http://www.teachfoodtechnology.org.uk/ Licence to Cook Licence to Cook is being used in schools all over England with over 2700 now trained. It has been interesting to see how schools are using the framework to support the delivery of their own key stage 3 curriculum. The differentiated tutorials have been well received and have made the programme as inclusive as possible with pupils working on P levels participating successfully. Training continues and is supported by a large group of specialist trainers across England. For further information visit http://www.licencetocook.org.uk/. What do your students think? We want to know what your students think of Licence to Cook. Feedback from students gives us valuable information about what they think they have learned from the programme, and how it has helped to improve their cooking skills and understanding about healthy eating and wise food shopping. The survey is anonymous, takes about 20 minutes to complete and is a chance for students to ask for things that they would like to see in their food technology lessons! To access the survey, please visit the website http://www.licencetocook.org.uk/. Have you considered becoming a Registered Design and Technology Health and Safety Consultant (RDTHSC)? RDTHSCs – Registered Design & Technology Health and Safety Consultants - are responsible for the training and accreditation of colleagues in schools and colleges to the TDA/D&T Association Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology. Being an RDTHSC provides you with the opportunity to support colleagues in the subject by development and extending their confidence to work with the whole range of machinery, equipment and processes available in their schools. Another benefit of becoming an RDTHSC for an experienced teacher, is the fact that it can be a cost effective way to undertake Health and Safety training within a school department. Most importantly, your work will help and support the designing and making of good quality products with their students. For details and an application form please click here. Digital D&T Support Centres A number of courses arranged through the Digital D&T Support Centres are currently being advertised on the EiSS website. These include: a free course running on Thursday 10 December at The Ravensbourne School, Bromley, Kent. A creative day using Speed Step, dye sublimation printing and introducing E-textiles designed to encourage Design and Technology and Art and Design teachers of KS3, KS4 and KS5 to bring more CAD/CAM skills into their teaching; and a number of different courses arranged by the East Midlands support centre including a fun based electronics course in March, and PIC interfacing course in June 2010. For further details visit http://www.electronicsinschools.org/ New titles for sale in the on-line shop Focus Educational Software – Focus On... Focus Educational Software has a range of reference software on science and technology themes. The ‘Focus on’ range provides teachers and students with a database of materials and components, knowledge and concepts, backed up with interactive animations, videos and quizzes. This series of popular titles is now offered for sale by the D&T Association. Titles for Primary and Secondary schools include Fairgrounds, Climate Change, Plastics, Metals, Mechanisms and Resistant Materials 2. Classroom Videos This series of six detailed videos has sections structured into short chapters with clear summaries for each. Themes covered are Talking Textiles and Because Food Matters. The teacher notes that accompany each programme contain outlines of the content, additional notes and curriculum and exam board links. Pumpkin TV – Recycled and Sustainable Textiles This latest 30 minute programme from Pumpkin TV looks at how textile designers are meeting the challenge from government and consumers to reduce, reuse and recycle. The DVD includes case studies, designers discussing the evolution of their ideas, the design and make process and discuss the future of recycled textiles and a visit to a textile re-processing plant. Visit the shop at www.data.org.uk for further details. D&T Essentials Essentials is a series of GCSE Revision Guides, Workbooks and Workbook Answers from publisher Letts and Lonsdale, offering a student-friendly approach to revision and written for 2011 exams. The revision guide has clear, uncluttered and focused content, with highlighted areas to help recall. Practice questions in the guide and workbooks test and reinforce understanding. Titles available: Electronic Products Textiles Technology, Food Technology, Graphic Products, Product Design Resistant Materials. Members prices Revision guide £4.36 Workbook £4.36 Workbook answers £1.56 Set of Revision Guide, Workbook and Workbook Answers £10.16 Prices include postage and packing. Available now in the online shop at www.data.org.uk New publications from the D&T Association A Guide for Adults who support Teaching and Learning in Secondary Food Technology. This new guide contains essential information for your secondary HLTA course, including: Working in schools Current Developments in Food Technology Health and Safety Supporting Teaching and Learning Planning activities Demonstration skills and knowledge Developing resources Supervising in a group or class setting Communication with pupils Useful websites and Glossary For those who are aspiring to be Higher Level Teaching Assistants, each section is cross referenced to the relevant TDA standards. £10.00 members/£14.00 non-members Prices include postage and packing. Available now in the online shop at www.data.org.uk USB PENS – New Resource This new resource from the D&T Association will be on sale early in 2010. USB Pens is the first in a series of new resources to support secondary teachers in delivering D&T in the classroom. It contains all the information you will need to deliver a scheme of work over nine lessons, with everything from starters to homework tasks, supported by: PowerPoint presentations for each lesson CAD tutorials and CAD files scheme of work student workbook. The scheme covers the following: developing a design brief for a client or user group product analysis generating and developing ideas working within design restrictions model development and producing a final design manufacturing and using industrial practice methods. Members £65/Non-members £75 Prices include postage and packing. Available from early 2010. FREE Wallace & Gromit Cracking Ideas D&T Activity Packs and competition Whether you've been to the new Science Museum exhibition or not, have a look at these free innovation-themed activity packs. The exciting creative designing activities will definitely spark Cracking Ideas! The packs were developed for the Cracking Ideas exhibition by the D&T Association and written by D&T Association consultant member Polly Palmer (Spice Education - http://www.spice-education.co.uk/). There are packs for three age groups: 4-7, 8- 11 and 12-16. They can be tackled by individuals or would make a great post-exam mini- project! Pupils can work through some or all the activities and then if they wish may enter the Cracking Ideas Competition. Download the packs at: http://www.crackingideas.com/competition/activity_packs/ On-line membership and renewal are live! HERE On-line membership makes joining or renewing your membership of the Association quick and easy. Please visit the membership section to fill in your details or call Dave Wooding on 01789 473902 or email email@example.com. Branch Events Sutton & Surrey ‘Design and Technology – Now, next year and the future for secondary schools’ Thursday 10 December - 4.30-6.00pm For all secondary schools teachers interested in KS3 project sharing. This workshop is also suitable for teachers of RM, Graphics, Food Technology, Textiles and Product Design. We are proud to announce the launch of the Sutton Branch of the Design and Technology Association. This meeting will launch their first initiative, KS3 project sharing, which will include reviewing dynamic projects involving electronics, CAD/CAM, Textiles, plus more traditional but exciting projects. They will also be looking at curriculum development for the borough, pooling contacts and resources, and, most importantly, modernising the Design and Technology offer in Sutton. All are welcome, especially whole departments, to help to make the first official meeting the best! Download a booking form or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details General D&T News 'A level D&T student wins Young Star Award' Ruth Amos (Young Engineer for Britain 2006 – Project ‘StairSteady’) has just won the ‘Young Star Award’ at this year’s Women of the Future event, held in London. 19 year-old Ruth has put university on hold to focus on the company she formed after inventing her StairSteady product to help people with mobility issues as part of a GCSE project while she was at Eckington School. She remains an exceptional ambassador for Young Engineers and attributes much of her success to the opportunities she received after winning YEB in 2005. Visit http://womenofthefuture.co.uk/nominations/winners/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7375486.stm http://stairsteady.blogspot.com/ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in STEM There has been substantial investment in school STEM projects and many changes. Does this mean that teachers' CPD is now critical to achieve the aims of more students considering further qualifications and careers in STEM? The STEM Advisory Forum would like to hear your views on the following: 1. What are the barriers to CPD in STEM? Are these real difficulties in participating, if so, why? 2. Are there serious gaps in provision? 3. Are there good examples of STEM work in schools which need dissemination, e.g. cross-curricular activities, inter-departmental teachers’ meetings etc? 4. How do you use the many resources now available for STEM teaching in schools? Do you think they are used widely enough and, if not, why not? 5. How well does your school/college and your subject leadership support you in your CPD? How would you like this to improve? Join CPD discussion Council of Food Policy Advisors’ first report published The Council of Food Policy Advisers published its first report for Hilary Benn, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 14 September. The Council has identified three priority areas to focus on: defining an environmentally sustainable healthy diet; Government setting an example via public procurement; and a UK fruit and vegetable strategy. The report sets out some of the steps the Council believes will be helpful in securing the UK’s food supply. Government announces extension of the Healthy Schools programme The Public Health Minister, Gillian Merron, has announced that the Government’s flagship scheme to make healthy living an integral part of a child’s school life is to be extended following a "decade of success". Speaking at the annual Healthy Schools conference, Gillian Merron outlined how the National Healthy Schools Programme will be widened to include closer working with Local Authorities, health services and the wider community. The Healthy Schools programme, which has been running for ten years, has exceeded its target to get 75% of schools to achieve "Healthy School" status by December 2009. To date, 80% of all English schools have achieved National Healthy School Status, which means that nearly 6 million pupils are already benefitting from attending a Healthy School. Opportunity for tutors Funding for the Extended courses in primary D&T has been secured for 2009-2010. There are opportunities for new tutors to run courses during the academic year through this funding. We are particularly interested in running courses in the South of England; Bristol area; Nottingham/Leicester; Manchester; the NW and the NE. Other areas would be possible. Tutors need to have a good understanding of primary D&T and have some experience of providing CPD. Please contact email@example.com for further details if you are interested. Proposed new primary curriculum The proposals for the new primary curriculum based on Sir Jim Rose’s Report are now being debated in Parliament as part of the Children, Schools and Families Bill. The proposals place design and technology within the area of learning ‘Scientific and Technological Understanding’. Although we are disappointed that the word ‘design’ is still omitted from the title, there is cause for optimism in that the detail of the proposed area of learning includes many references to design and associated terms such as user, purpose and functional products – in fact more than in the current programmes of study! The Design and Technology Association will be working closely with the primary science community to try to ensure that advice given to schools about linking Science and D&T supports the essential nature of the subject. In the proposals schools are also encouraged to make meaningful links with other areas of learning and teach subjects discretely where appropriate. The final proposals can be downloaded at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/newprimarycurriculum/ Look out for further guidance on the Association website. Revised level descriptions for Key Stages 1 and 2 Ministers have accepted the QCDA’s proposals for the revised level descriptions for key stages 1 and 2 which will be introduced by Statutory Order for use in schools from September 2011. No changes were made to the version of the proposed level descriptions for design and technology which went out for consultation in the summer. The Design and Technology Association welcomes the fact that there are subject level descriptions for design and technology at key stages 1 and 2. These will be helpful to teachers in planning for progression as well as for assessment purposes. The level descriptions will provide a useful reference when planning closer links between design and technology and other subjects in cross- curricular projects. The revised level descriptions and related documents are available at http://www.qcda.gov.uk/22260.aspx School fruit and vegetable scheme In the year to September 2009 the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) has distributed around 440 million pieces of fruit and vegetable each year to over 2 million children in over 16,300 schools. In April 2004 the Department took over the scheme from the Big Lottery Fund, and the funding for it has risen from £23.6m in 2005/5 to £42.6m in 2008/9. http://www.5aday.nhs.uk/sfvs/default.aspx Courses, Conferences and Events Constructionism 2010 Conference 16 – 20 August 2010, Paris The conference will showcase major constructionist contributions to these processes with examples drawn from many different disciplines and kinds of experience. It will examine specific lessons that teachers at all levels, researchers and developers can use in their own personal and professional lives. In the spirit of constructionism, the conference will mix hands- on workshops alongside plenary sessions, streamed presentations and – we hope – lively panel discussions. Although the conference was initiated by EuroLogo it incorporates all constructivist approaches and already includes sessions on the use of drama, dance and music. For general information visit http://www.aup.edu/news/special_events/constructionism2010.htm If you would like to present a paper, poster or run a workshop contact James Clayson via firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also an informal Robot Special Interest Group for this Conference. The aim of this SIG is organize and manage the robotic presentations and workshops at the Conference. Dave Catlin, CEO of Valiant Technology will be acting as coordinator. His contact email is: email@example.com Developing the Role of the Design & Technology Subject Leader 10 - 12 February 2010 and 28 - 30 June 2010 - National Science Learning Centre, York Cost: £1095 + VAT ENTHUSE Award*: £2295 This accredited course will develop your skills to enable you to lead design and technology in your school. It will focus on suggestions in the Primary Review that science and design and technology will be placed together as an area of learning in the future curriculum, as well as exploring how to make effective connections between the two subjects. The following sessions will be included within the course textiles, food, mechanisms and electrical control, assessment, questioning skills, designing, cross curricular links and health and safety. * This bursary is available to all teachers from maintained schools which will help cover schools costs such as the need for classroom cover, as well as a small amount of money to help you implement ideas when they are back in the classroom. For more information or to book please visit www.slcs.ac.uk./national/nac09170 Education for Sustainable Development – linking to design & technology Wednesday 24 March 2010, Leeds (1.00pm – 4.00pm) The Design & Technology Association is supporting Government Office for Yorkshire and The Humber and the TDA who are organising a briefing for teacher trainers and school mentors on how to build education for sustainability into initial teacher training. This is partly in response to guidance from DCSF and OFSTED. It is also to encourage new teachers to feel confident in raising issues around climate change and to see how understanding can be developed through their own subjects. Themes we will cover include: exploring how these issues can be built into mainstream D&T curriculum and STEM learning about sustainable development and climate change linking with industry using sustainable development contexts – out of school learning how to link ESD to TDA standards the DCSF 8 Sustainable Schools Doorways The day is geared towards all people who train teachers – at HEIs, SCITS, as mentors in schools or through Graduate Training Programmes. For further information email Catherine Heinemeyer firstname.lastname@example.org Engineering – Making the Difference: SSAT Engineering Conference 2010 Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 February 2010, Sheffield Over the two days delegates at this key engineering education event will share innovative practice in schools, learn about how engineering thinking is inspiring education, and explore developments at the leading edge of engineering and STEM. Programme Day one: a range of industrial visits in Sheffield and Rotherham looking at cutting edge engineering as well as engineering heritage and an integrated approach to engineering education including the Diploma Day two: focus on how engineering, as a way of getting things done, is inspiring new learning in schools Keynote speakers include Dame Ellen MacArthur – yachtswoman and sustainable living campaigner Kate Bellingham - National STEM Careers Coordinator and past president of Young Engineers Emily Cummins - a young designer who has been voted ‘Female Innovator of the Year’ and ‘Women of Achievement Ambassador’ Julia Shelton - Professor of Biomechanical Engineering at Queen Mary, the University of London Further info: mailto:Kathryn.Dixon@ssatrust.org.uk Farmhouse Breakfast Week – 24 - 30 January 2010 The Farmhouse Breakfast Week campaign showcases the importance of breakfast and raises awareness of the nutritional benefits of eating a healthy breakfast, as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle. For further information, Click here Health & Safety training to meet the D&T Association/TDA standards and BS 4163:2007 Tuesday 8 December, Harris School, Rugby (9.00am – 4.00pm) S1HS Circular Saws, Band Saws and Powered Fret Saws. Email Tim Smith (RDTHSC 0261) at email@example.com or call 0116 2478673 to reserve a place. Teachers TV continuing professional development training programme Teachers TV is currently offering free training sessions to groups of schools to show how its videos and resources can be used to support in-school training and staff development. The training sessions are available to CPD leaders, middle and senior managers, governors, teaching assistants and classroom teachers at different stages in their career. They’re tailored to each particular audience and tackle different topics around classroom practice and school improvement. Schools, local authorities and organisations can request a training session in their area by contacting the Teachers TV training team. Sessions can be from 30 minutes to 3 hours in duration and can be delivered as part of a conference, training course or network meeting. For further details and the list of session topics, visit the Teachers TV website, or contact the training team directly on 020 7182 7465 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Competitions and Awards British Glove Association – Student Design Competition 2010 The British Glove Association, in association with the Worshipful Company of Glovers, has announced its Student Design Competition 2010; the purpose of the competition is to encourage students to create original yet practical glove designs. Each entry should consist of a design for one pair of gloves intended for the Lady Mayoress to wear during the Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London in November 2010. The closing date for entries is 31 March 2010. For further details visit http://www.gloveassociation.org/aboutBGA/design_comp.php Crafts Council competition - Shanghai World Expo official UK gift The Crafts Council has launched a competition to design an official UK gift which will be presented at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 on behalf of the British Council and the Foreign Office. The expo, which aims to present ‘sustainable and harmonious urban living’, will hold a UK National Day on 8 September 2010, when the gift will be presented. A second competition has been launched in tandem, to produce an object that can be reproduced as 80 limited- edition pieces to be given as VIP gifts of the UK Pavilion at the event. The Shanghai World Expo is themed on ‘city and metropolitan evolution in the 21st century’ and the designs must address a ‘better city, better life’ brief and be composed of ceramic, acrylic, textile, glass or metal. The closing date for both competitions is 8 January and the winners will be decided in the week commencing 14 January. More information on how to apply can be found on http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/. Create 2010, Edinburgh- Student Design Competition Create10 is a conference that celebrates innovative interaction design. This competition is aimed at students from a range of disciplines, both undergraduate and postgraduate, in interaction design, product design, industrial design, communications design, architecture, fashion, multimedia, HCI, and related fields. The conference theme of ‘transitions’ is the inspiration for this competition brief. Entries are invited which scope, explore, define and prototype interactions that make transitions visible. These could be transitions that investigate the relationship between the analogue and digital realms, or systems that make visible transitions across time, place or information spaces. Deadline for entries is 31 March 2010. For full details go to: http://www.create-conference.org/ CREST Awards – creativity in the classroom CREST is a national award scheme for project work in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). It gives young people aged 11-19 creative opportunities to explore ‘real world’ D&T projects in a way that ties closely with the curriculum. There are three CREST levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Bronze helps KS3 students develop project skills that will propel them towards their GCSE D&T coursework. Silver Awards are a great way to recognise students’ work in the run up to their GSCE exams.For details visit www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest. Design a Political Poster – East Midlands competition from The Hub Centre This is an opportunity for secondary students from across the East Midlands to design a poster, sign or image with a powerful political message. The prize is a collection of famous political posters that have changed history in a positive way, including a copy of the Obama poster. The rules are simple — produce finished artwork of a poster, sign or other graphic that could change others’ views of the world, then upload the image to the D&T Forum’s Blogger. Representatives of the D&T Forum, CfBT, the Design Museum and the University of Lincoln will judge the results. The deadline is 12 February 2010. For details visit http://www.thehubcentre.info/ Northern Design Competition 2010 These awards are open to students in post-16 education in the north of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in all creative arts. The main categories include Architectural Design, Fashion Design, Film & Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Media, Photography and Product Design. In each of these categories there will be a £1,000 cash prize for the winner. Second prize winners in each category will receive £100 and third prize will receive £50. The overall competition winner will receive a further £2,000. Register now at http://www.northerndesigncompetition.co.uk/index.html. Resources and Weblinks Be part of Urban Evolution with the new IET Faraday website Visit the new IET Faraday website which is now live. This year, the theme is Urban Evolution. The site is full of fascinating films which explore the technologies behind sustainable urban living; these are supported by teacher materials, a film-making competition and some very addictive games! The Faraday stories illustrate the opportunities available through a career in engineering and offer a taste of the sheer breadth of urban engineering projects currently underway in the UK and overseas. Explore the engineering stories in the entertainment, residential and services districts of the web site. Find out how dancers in a Rotterdam nightclub generate electricity and how schools and homes may be powered in future. Discover the largest engineering project in London (it’s not the Olympics…) and, if your stomach can stand it, take a "Sip of Sewage" with our water filtration game! Help to inspire even more future engineers through www.theiet.org/faraday Change4Life - an autumn packed with activity The new Change4Life TV advertisement was aired from 19 October to 15 November, featuring the Snack Swapper – an interactive wheel showing easy ways to swap unhealthy snacks with healthier options. 400,000 Snack Swappers are also being inserted in magazines and over a million are being distributed through schools and childminders. The Snack Swapper booklet is available to download at http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/SnackSwapsLanding.aspx Colourful cards for pre-school food BNF have recently released 12 new activity sessions for children aged 3-5 years. These sessions cover healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from. Amongst these new resources are lots of colourful cards. Some are designed to form activities, whilst others are for discussion and display. Why not have a look at these three sets of cards to get you started? Food images, Getting ready to cook display cards, Where food comes from cards Food route – a new lesson on food The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a new range of resources to enable young people to gain essential food-related skills and knowledge. Food route: a journey through food is a range of colourful age-appropriate workbooks designed and developed to bring the FSA's food competences to life. The materials are supported by teachers' user guides and downloadable certificates, which can be awarded on completion of the various activities. The Food route resources have been developed with the British Nutrition Foundation and informed by young people and their teachers. Food Science and Technology Meetings newsletter The latest issue of 'Food Science and Technology Meetings' is now available online at http://www.foodevents.org.uk/. James Dyson Foundation – new website now live The new website is an excellent resource for D&T teachers from KS3 to post-16, including the new Advanced Diploma in engineering. There are some short videos and case studies on design engineering. The site also contains a few ‘Useful Links’ one of which is our website of course! Visit http://www.jamesdysonfoundation.com/design/default.asp New BNF website The Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the new, refreshed BNF website. The website has been given a fresh new look and boasts the following features: improved search functionality, intuitive navigation and updated information. The site now features seven sections, providing a wealth of information about the importance of nutrition, health and physical activity, at different levels, to a variety of audiences. To visit the new BNF site Click here. New primary health eating resources for Promethean interactive whiteboards BNF has produced five Promethean flipcharts to support the teaching of healthy eating in primary schools. The flipcharts have been developed to support resources on the Food – a fact of life website, but can also be used independently to help support general food and healthy eating teaching. The flipcharts are entitled – Food, Healthy eating, Composite dishes, Energy, and Nutrients. Food and Healthy eating are aimed at younger primary school children aged around 5-7 years, Composite dishes is aimed at children age 7-9 years and Energy and Nutrients are aimed at children around 9-11 years. To find out more Click here Pecha Kucha Pecha Kucha was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. To find out more visit http://www.pecha-kucha.org/presentations/ Primary Subjects Issue 5 of Primary Subjects: Get Ready for the 2012 Games has been circulated to all Primary schools in England. It is planned to publish PS6 ‘Using Stories’ and PS7 ‘Assessment’ entirely on-line to download. Further copies of any of the issues of Primary Subjects 1 – 5 are available to purchase. For more details, please email: email@example.com SFBB teaching resources for catering colleges launched The Food Standards Agency has launched new "Safer Food, Better Business" (SFBB) teaching resources for catering colleges. The resources, developed in partnership with Northampton Catering College and Highfield.co.uk are intended to promote understanding of SFBB among catering students. SmallSteps4Life - small steps make a big difference SmallSteps4Life is a sub-brand of Change4Life and aims to help primary and secondary school pupils set themselves small, realistic lifestyle challenges (either as individuals or in groups) around three themes – Healthy Eating, Getting Active and Feeling Good. The activity is run by the Food Standards Agency, with teachers and young people playing a vital role in helping to develop the website. This will allow schools to promote what they are doing and share their experiences to inspire other schools across the UK. Visit http://www.direct.gov.uk/smallsteps4life TED Talks "Each year, the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference hosts some of the world’s most fascinating people: trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses." You can download these free video podcasts (also available in audio format) which are the presentation from the TED stage – they vary in content and length, but many have direct relevance to D&T and can provide inspirational, stimulating starters and ways into many aspects of the subject. Try these to begin with: Michael Pritchard: Michael Pritchard invents a water filter (9.29 mins) - http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter.html William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind (5.59 mins) - http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind.html Marc Koska: 1.3m reasons to re-invent the syringe (4.45 mins) - http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/marc_koska_the_devastating_toll_of_syringe_reuse.html Tim Brown: Tim Brown urges designers to think big (16.50 mins) - http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/tim_brown_urges_designers_to_think_big.html Theo Jansen: Theo Jansen creates new creatures (8.16 mins) - http://www.ted.com/talks/theo_jansen_creates_new_creatures.html William McDonough: William McDonough on cradle to cradle design (20.03 mins) - http://www.ted.com/talks/william_mcdonough_on_cradle_to_cradle_design.html and a new take on leadership Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors (20.52 mins) - http://www.ted.com/talks/itay_talgam_lead_like_the_great_conductors.html You can also subscribe to TEDTalk via iTunes - http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=160892972 Wales - Appetite for Life activity pack aims to makes healthy food fun A CD-ROM resource pack to help schools promote healthy eating as part of the Appetite for Life Action Plan was sent to all 22 Local Authorities across Wales on 5 August. The Action Plan aims to improve pupils’ food choices: to increase their consumption of fruit, vegetables and other essential nutrients and reduce their consumption of fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. The Appetite for Life Action Plan recognises that schools provide an ideal environment to convey positive messages on healthy choices. It supports children and young people by encouraging and promoting a whole school approach to food and fitness. Winter warmers recipes There are a whole host of simple, delicious recipes available on the Food – a fact of life website. Most of the recipes are also available as videos so you can see how it is done before you get started. Why not make some tasty soup with your class? You could also make some bread rolls or soda bread to accompany the soup. Have a look at the recipes and videos below: Chunky vegetable soup: Recipe Video Bread: Recipe Video Soda bread: Recipe Video And finally... A people’s history of the internet http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/interactive/2009/oct/23/internet-arpanet Serge Jupin – sculptor of powered robots from recycled materials http://www.robot-factory.fr/ So that’s how it works... (try it) http://www.insideyoursearch.com/ Museums and Galleries CUBE - Manchester CUBE Open09 – 5 November - 17 December 2009 http://www.cube.org.uk/exhibitions/detail.asp?id=233&future=0 The Design Museum, London David Chipperfield Architects – Form Matters – now until 31 January 2010 http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2009/david-chipperfield Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams - 18 November 2009 - 7 March 2010 http://www.designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2009/dieter-rams Hub National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft – 20 November 2009 - 10 January 2010 http://www.thehubcentre.info/exhibitions/lookingahead.html The Lighthouse, Glasgow New, Old, Green – 31 October 2009 - 31 January 2010 http://www.thelighthouse.co.uk/events/exhibitions/7,553/New-Old-Green.html The Science Museum, London Fast Forward – 20 Ways F1 is Changing our World – until 5 April 2010 http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/galleries/fast_forward.aspx Plasticity – 100 Years of Making Plastics – until 31 January 2010 http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/galleries/plasticity.aspx Tate Modern, London Pop Life – Art in a Material World – until 17 January 2010 http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/poplife/default.shtm V&A, London Future Fashion Now: New Design from the Royal College of Art – until 31 January 2010 http://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/index.html