WOOD / METAL / PLASTIC/ ELECTRONICS

1. Introduction to the Workshop (6wks)

Health & Safety in the workshop, Skill Passport & mastering essential hand tools, the scroll saw, pillar drill  and powered sanders. Pupils develop these skills whilst working on their first project: the Automaton frame (part1), cutting finger, lap butt and housing joints. Pupils go on to practise further by designing and creating their own prototype mobile phone/mini-tablet stand.

2. Wooden Speaking Automaton Head (6wks)

SKILLS DEVELOPED:

For part 2 of the 'Automaton', pupils investigate a number of existing designs on the market before designing their own. Pupils go on to build on their existing skills and employ the scrollsaw, sanders and handsaws alongside the laser cutter to construct the final parts of their Speaking Automaton.

Pupils are introduced to how 2D Designer can be used to communicate designs to the laser cutter and are also introduced to 3D computer modelling & how it can be used to communicate to 3D printers as a means of rapid prototyping.

YR 8 PROJECTS

3. THE Flying Glass Lantern (6wks)

SKILLS DEVELOPED:

Designing & working with steel & pine. Introduction to welding. Spot welding (MIG), shaping steel cold using formers. Filing, cleaning & protecting steel. Cutting & shaping pine with scroll-saw & sanders.

As an alternative to having a wooden component alongside the steel frame, pupils can opt for a glass jar with a shadow profile insert created using the laser cutter.

An LED light is added to the lantern, soldered by the pupils.

4. Personalised Roombell (4wks)

SKILLS DEVELOPED:

Circuitry/soldering, intermediate electronics theory involving a IC, capacitors, resistors, diodes, speaker, switch & LED. Soldering, case build with a vacuum former.

5. Microcontroller BBC Micro-bit (2wks)

SKILLS DEVELOPED:

Introduction to Micro-controllers, programmable circuits. Understanding CNC machines & CAM.

YR 9 PROJECTS

6 (Part I). MINI Stool-chest (6wks)

SKILLS DEVELOPED:

Mortise drill(mortise & tenon joints) & routering. Tenon saw, accurate nailing, sash clamps & G-cramps, upholstering & use of trim.

Introduction to the wood lathe.

Knowledge of applied finishes & standard carpentry joints. Students will be introduced to exploded drawings’, apply the knowledge and offer up their own design for a wooden chair.

6 (Part II). MINI Stool-chest (6wks)

SKILLS DEVELOPED:

Complete Part I. Students will go on to embellish their stool-chest with additional trim, delicate fretwork or perhaps metalwork-this is a chance for students to add their own individual touches using acquired skills so far.

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