The thirty seven 4th Year GCSE Design and Technology students spent a day at the Design Museum in London. They were able to access the museum’s standing display “Designer Maker User” this features almost 1000 items of twentieth and twenty-first century design viewed through the angles of the designer, manufacturer and user. The exhibition covers a broad range of design disciplines, from architecture and engineering, to the digital world, fashion and graphics. All students also took part in a teaching/ evaluation workshop led by the museum staff. The students learnt about various aspects of anthropometrics, batch and mass production through the manipulation and consideration of a number of the museum’s collection of chairs.
15 Lower Sixth students went to the Emmanuel Centre in central London to the “Product Design in Action conference”. There, along with some 1000 other Lower Sixth students they had an excellent opportunity to develop their knowledge and gain ideas for their own NEA (None Examined Assessment) projects. There were a range of lectures from an advertising design executive for Coca Cola to the designer of a rocket powered suit.