Balloon Powered Vehicle
Challenge children to create a moving vehicle powered by nothing more than the air within a blown up balloon. Let them be as creative as they like when it comes to choosing a vehicle that travels across land or water, or through the air.
Base materials will vary according to the type of vehicle the children choose to make but as a minimum I suggest you provide the following to allow children to experiment with the balloon-powered element of the challenge;
- Elastic bands
- Set a minimum distance the vehicle must travel.
- Set a starting point and a target in the room that the vehicle is required to hit.
- Have a competition between teams or individuals to see which completed vehicle can travel the furthest distance.
Design Technology @ Crawford
Design and technology helps to prepare children for the developing world. The subject encourages children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Through the study of design and technology they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. Design and technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators. It should assist children in developing a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made.
The aims of design and technology at Crawford Village are:
• To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making;
• To enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas;
• To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
• To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making;
• To use ICT software to assist our designing and learning.
Cultural Capital within Design Technology
D.T supports spiritual development by allowing pupils the opportunity to explore their potential and develop their sense of self and desire to achieve. It allows students to explore different questions that life presents them, and assists in developing and encouraging skills and attitudes to tackle, investigate and find answers to these questions. The subject encourages inquisition and imagination, as well as encouraging self-belief.
D.T supports moral development by encouraging students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to help decipher right from wrong, as well as reflecting on the consequences of their decisions. The subject teaches students to be aware of the world around them, and to make rational, economic and ecological based decisions, and to understand how their decisions affect people and the environment.
D.T Supports social development by fostering an environment of co-operation and community, where students work as part of a team to solve problems. The subject encourages class and group discussion, working through different roles, and taking on board (as well as acting upon) constructive criticism. It promotes an engagement of students who may not ordinarily enjoy practical, hands-on activities.
D.T supports cultural development by encouraging children to explore different scenarios and cultures, and consider how equipment and designs may need to be altered or adjusted. They are able to look at different situations around the world and explore ways in which design and technology could provide positive contributions and improve the quality of life.
Design Technology Vision Statement
At Crawford Village Primary School, we believe that Design Technology (DT) encourages inquisition and imagination, and promotes an engagement of children who may not ordinarily enjoy practical, hands-on activities.
Design Technology teaches children to be aware of the world around them, and to make rational, economic and ecological based decisions, and to understand how their decisions affect people and the environment.
In lessons, pupils explore different questions that life presents them, and develop skills and attitudes to tackle, investigate and find answers to these questions. Pupils will also work as part of a team to solve problems, and take part in class and group discussion, working through different roles, and taking on board constructive criticism. Children look at different situations around the world and consider ways in which design and technology could provide positive contributions and improve the quality of life.
DT in Action
Please visit out DT blog for a glimpse of DT in action within our school. A short-cut can be found here.