On Wednesday the 8th of June our very own Tim Goodman went to Nottingham Trent University
with a small group of Design and Technology Teachers for a day designed to help them drive ideas forward.
The Design Technology Workshop was hosted by Nottingham Trent University
's Kerry Truman
and began with a briefing on all the different opportunities there are at NTU for such learning.
They were led down in to the workshops where they were given the opportunity to make a clock
from concrete. Dr Concrete has spent a number of years looking at different ways of using this surprisingly malleable and versatile product.
He explained how they change the mixes to achieve different finishes and strengths. Later in the day we saw how a number of these different types of mixes were used in the Students final year projects.
Whilst the clocks were left to set Phil Wickham from Dixons Trinity Academy
in Bradford went through a project that he has done with his year 7’s using a Kitronik Mono Amp kit and a moulded concrete cup to make a speaker system.
A tour of the extensive design facility followed which is nothing short of a very impressive mix of the ever useful old faithful machines and brand new technology that industry leaders would be proud to boast of.
As a close to the day everyone went to look around the Final Years design show. Everything was showcased there from product design to fashion. There was a lot of talent on display at NTU's design show and I am sure the students responsible will go on to do great things in the future.
I would like to thank Kerry Truman and Nottingham Trent University for a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day, but as you can see, it's now time to pack some orders!
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