26th January 2020

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  • Year 9 students at Northgate High School in Ipswich heard a talk from a local Holocaust survivor and created their design of a memorial flame in his honour as part of a nationwide competition by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. In the image in this article you can see the ultrasonic sensor on the left that lights up the acrylic section of the design when someone walks past. The memorial flame uses a Crumble microcontroller hidden inside the product. What a fabulous example of D&T.  


  • Nice short summary about polyester fibres and why we need to consider their wider impact.
  • There’s a lot of focus on sustainability in the news, and in particular on the impact of plastics, but many students don’t fully understand the bigger picture of depleting material resources, many of which play a vital role in our everyday lives. This short article is a great starting point for discussion on this.
  • Nike’s Atsuma sneaker uses the concept of negative pattern cutting (also known as subtraction pattern cutting and zero waste pattern cutting) to reduce waste. When a shape is cut out of the material the aim is to also find a use for waste material in the design of the sneaker. The ‘Move to Zero’ section on Nike’s website is also useful for more information on their approaches to sustainability . Subtraction pattern cutting by Julian Roberts is worth researching if students are interested in the use of this concept for garment design.


Product in a Tin Competition

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The first few entries for our Product in a Tin competition arrived this week and here’s a sneak peak. Remember entries can be sent in at any time during the year up to 1st August 2020. 

Why not use the competition as a module of work, homework, mock NEA or after school club? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

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