Design and Technology
Lower Secondary Programme
Our Sec 1 pupils get to work on two simple design-and-make projects (Illuminated key tag and desk tidy). Due to limited curriculum time, we focus on simple activities to hone basic sketching skills and make use of isometric templates to scaffold pupils to scratch in 3D. For the making part, pupils get to practice cutting acrylic and metals using various elementary machines and tools. For the key tag project pupils will be taught simple electronics.
For our Sec 2 pupils we implement a trial on the new teaching package created by CPDD. This package is about an assembly toy design-and-make project. Pupils get to learn how simplify an existing assembly toy for small children to play. They learn to communicate, generate and morph ideas via doodling and sketching on a design journal. Pupils then learn to improvise and create a model of their chosen idea in order to have a look and feel of their idea. The final artefact will be a prototype of their chosen idea using resistant materials (predominately wood). At the end of Sec 2, pupils will gain sketching and prototyping skills (for modelling and artefact making) for their coursework project in upper secondary. Pupils will also have an understanding of a design project is made to be carried out.
For our Sec 3 pupils we focus mainly on technological topics and two upper secondary standard design-and-make projects that incorporate technologies. Pupils are also required to do modelling for their projects before making the artefact using cardboard, foams, sticks and construction kits for mechanism and electronics parts.
For Sec 3E pupils, they did an audio amplifier speaker project whereby they apply electronic circuity into their project. Besides the numerous learning concepts acquired, the enjoyable nature of this project has also allowed students to create a real audio amplifier speaker where they can play music with it at their own comfort. The Sec 3E students also had opportunities to attend electronic courses at Singapore Polytechnic in June. This course was well-received by the students.
For Sec 3N, they did a handphone dock project in Semester 1 that incorporates authentic design process ending with a design model and artefact. In semester 2, they were taught how to apply structures in the design of a fidget toy. We also employed the use of electronics construction kit to teach pupils the basic electronics components and how to connect up a simple sensing circuit using the electronics construction kit.
For higher ability sec 3 pupils, we send them for Toy Design Competition organised by Singapore Polytechnic to learn how to use CAD software to create complex design.
The result of doing our sec 3 projects are rewarding and it is indeed a sign of joyful learning.