30th September 2021

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

The updated pages on our website this week have a focus on†World Space Week†and include resources on materials that all†have links to space technologies including Gore-tex, titanium and metal foam. They include resources we created for the National STEM Learning Centre that were†sponsored by†the European Space†Education Resource Centre (ESERO).†

Inspired by space

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You can also see the full collection of resources we created on the National STEM Learning Centre website.†Although they have an 'inspired by space' theme they cover most of the smart, modern and technical materials mentioned in the D&T GCSE specs.

Some of This Week’s Thinking Points and Photos on Instagram

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Did You See These Posts On Our Facebook Page?

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  • Sometimes the simple design ideas are the best - Joseph Joseph's reusable water bottle has a lid that is designed to slot over the bottle to stop you from losing it & which also acts as a handle & hanging loop
  • Useful short video on automated prodcution lines - covers pencil, prepacked salad meals and Tesla cars
  • Useful mini challenge from Design Ventura for years 7 & 8 with fortnightly winners announced right through to February (and the receive a little prize). Great for a homework, cover work or as a one off lesson.
  • World Space Week takes place annually from October 4 – 11 & this year’s theme celebrates ‘Women in Space’. This is a good opportunity to consider some of the high tech innovations developed for space travel that have eventually influenced technology used back on earth.
  • If you are in the East Lancashire area October is the British Textile Biennial which is a range of exhibitions and installations across the area telling the story of textiles, fashion and identity.†

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Our Product in a Tin Competition is Taking a Break†

What a great end to our Product in a Tin†competition†as†Husqvarna VikingandColes Sewing Centre†who sponsor part of the prize have upgraded the sewing machine prize to a Husqvarna Viking Jade 20 worth £600. What fantastic news for this year’s winning school!†

Jade 20

The competition is†taking†a break for now as it
†takes a lot of organising, something that has become more of challenge due to impact of the pandemic. We have therefore had to make the difficult decision to stop the competition for now to allow us to focus on our other work.†We hope the†competition†will return but in the meantime the†resources†will remain on the website for schools to use as a module of work or as a competition within their own†school.†See the†2020/2021 winners†of our Product in a Tin Competition

Look at†the face to face, blended learning†and distance learning options we offer.†

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course†with†2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed†study activities.

LiveFace to Face CPD

The continuing challenges of the pandemic means we are currently only able to offer our†Introduction to Servicing & Maintaining Sewing Machine†course as a face to face one day course†(and we’re in the process of organising dates for this).†

If you re looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants (e.g. your department†or a local group of teachers) along with providing a suitable training room we can run the following one day face to face courses for†your†group:


Distance Learning CPD Courses

Our distance†learning†CPD courses can be worked through at your own pace without the need for time out of school and without travel and†accommodation†costs.†

Visit our full course calendar

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