The CREATE Education Project would like to thank Jonathan Walker, Design and Technology Teacher at St. Cecilia’s RC High School for sharing this lesson and resources.

The project will provide the students with the opportunity to conduct some focused research around a client’s specific needs, in this case a wounded soldier or Paralympian. Students will be able to experience the development in technologies whilst establishing appropriate materials and processes which can be used to support their clients’ needs.

With regards to the final artefact students will be encouraged to be creative and innovative in their design work, whilst they explore material properties, manufacturing techniques and processes. By conducting a combination of design work and explorations on materials students will then be designing in an iterative manner which is encouraged by the new Design and Technology GCSEs.

On the journey from idea to finished product students will produce a range of prototypes, using their knowledge of material properties, to refine their design taking tolerances and forces into consideration. They will also be exposed to ethical, environmental and social implications which may arise as a direct cause of the development of the product.

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To accompany this project, there are 2 supporting resources:

  • Exploration & Development of Prosthetics Project Guide: This includes an overview of the lesson, details of each lesson stage, activity and student tasks and WJEC Design and Technology Specification links/references.
  • Exploration & Development of Prosthetics Project Presentation: This is the PowerPoint which provides a central thread for the project whilst promoting an iterative design approach. Teachers will be able to develop the resources according to the needs of their students and equipment available.

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There are also a number of useful videos links available for introducing various aspects of the project:

In The Classroom

The project was developed for the AQA 8552 Design and Technology 2017 GCSE Specification, but it would be suitable for any of the KS4 GCSE or Scottish Higher Design Technology qualifications. This project could also be used for relevant FE courses.

The project meets a good portion of the new Design and Technology GCSE as outlined in the accompanying project guide. This resource would create a decent backbone for the project to be built upon. Teachers would be able to use the core element developed and build upon this tailoring the lessons content towards the facilities and equipment they have access to. It could also be adapted to meet more of the specification if mechanical joints using electronics were included and protective textile garments. There are significant benefits to this project from a life skills perspective too.

The 3D printer element of the project would be extremely useful as it focuses upon the accuracy and allows for all students to obtain a higher skill level and thought process. With the 3D printer being used to spark the creative imaginative side of students it could see a new generation pushing technology forward in the classroom and in the medical theatre.