CLEAPSS DT - Supporting practical work in science, technology and art


Futureminds 08 (summer 2018)
This summer 2018 edition has articles about drones from Airgineers and Skillsupply, 3D printing from Learnbylayers, the future of textiles from the Textiles Academy, food science from the Food Teachers Centre and the Institute of Food Science and Technology, how to make stuff and save money from TechSoft and some H&S tips from our small print.
Futureminds 7
The spring 2018 edition of Futureminds is now available.There are a wide range of interesting articles and some advice on H&S in the small print section.Read about how to manage the NEA in the new GCSE, some developments in textiles and food training, a report from a technician about CPD and updates about Art and Design support.
New Ceramics Document
We have recently published a new document collecting together and updating our advice regarding the use of ceramics in school:GL245 Ceramics in school
This contains:
  • Hazards and Risks
  • Glazes
  • Clays
  • Kilns
  • Outdoor Kilns
  • Ceramics Machines and Equipment
  • Hand tools and other Equipment
Schools where ceramics is part of the curriculum, in D&T or Art and Design, should be aware of the latest guidance, contained in this new publication.
Latest FutureMinds
The summer term copy of FutureMinds is now available from the website tab above. It has a number of interesting articles from a range authors:
  • Robots in the curriculum
  • Techsoft talks about Finite Element Analysis
  • Non-specialist Food Teachers support
  • Preparing for the new D&T GCSE
  • GoPrint 3D give examples of projects using new technologies
  • Foodoppi an Irish, online food resource
  • Landrover 4x4 competition
  • Material technology - metal coatings
  • Top tips for the new GCSE
  • The SmallprintĀ 
3D Printing ideas
The current Design and Technology national curriculum includes the topic of 'new and emerging technologies'. The breadth of hardware and support available to meet this area is vast. From programmable components to 3D printing, students have never had it so good.For our students to compete in the ever-growing global economy, we must prepare them for jobs that possibly don't exist yet. The only way we can ensure that students achieve a worldclass education is by exposing them to the latest innovations such as 3D printing.

For more on 3D printing see this term's FutureMinds.
What is a STEM Club?
STEM clubs offer a powerful way to engage you students with science, design and technology, computing, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They can be an opportunity to go beyond the curriculum and explore exciting ideas and technology, and give students a chance to build up 'soft' skills such as communicating effectively, teamwork and confidence. But more importantly they are fun!

For more on STEM clubs and some ideas to get you started see this term's FutureMinds.
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