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    Design Technology/Food Tech

    “Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

    Mae Jemison, first African American woman astronaut in space

    Design and Technology enables young people as consumers to consider the wider implications of design within the constraints of living in a modern industrial society.

    Staff

    Miss F. O’Neill (Subject Leader)
    Mrs S. Anderson
    Mr G. Cocker
    Mr M. Redden (Technician)

    Design and Technology is taught in three rooms. This includes a computer suite, a multi-media workshop and a dedicated food preparation room. We have CAD/CAM equipment, including a 3D milling machine, a plotter and a laser cutter and 2 3D printers. We have a range of tools and machinery for manipulating materials including: band saw, scroll saws, hearth, woodworking lathe, pillar drill, thermo forming equipment and sublimation printing equipment. The Food Preparation and Nutrition room includes both gas and electric cookers. There is a range of equipment to enable the prototyping and manufacturing of food products. All the D.T rooms are equipped with interactive smart-boards and additional student computers and laptops are available in all working areas.

    At Key Stage 3 all students experience design and manufacturing activities in the areas of Product Design, Graphics, Electronics and Food. Each year students will experience 3 distinct areas: Product Design, Food, and Electronics with Graphics. Learning skills and developing an understanding of Design and Technology is largely delivered through project based tasks.

    At Key Stage 4 students study either GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition or GCSE Design and Technology. Both of these are practical subjects that have a considerable hands-on content where the main activity focuses around products and manufacturing. There is an application of specialist knowledge to design and make situations with an emphasis on the client and a real outcome to tasks set.

    An overview of the Sixth Form curriculum

    In the Sixth Form students study Product Design at A level. This creative and thought provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries.

    They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice, by producing products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, and gain the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

    Independent study and developing curiosity and exploration with learning are key ingredients in student success in this subject. There are many opportunities for personal development outside the timetable, including one to one staff support and lunchtime and after school working in the department.

    The Design Technology department is active in promoting and running whole school STEM activities and events in the school, and runs competitions and extra-curricular events for pupils to get involved in. For the last three years a group of Year 9 students have successfully completed designing and building a high speed race car to compete against other schools in Kent.

    Overall, the goal of Design Technology at DGGS is to inspire and motivate our students to expand their vision and capability of STEM activity and skills as they mature to reach their full potential in life.

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