Junior School - Chatham House Technology Facilities.
Year seven, eight, and nine teaching is delivered through a twelve-week carrousel. The students move between three areas: Product Design, Catering, and 3D Graphical Design. Our teaching facilities include…
Two dedicated design technology classrooms (DT1 and DT3) these rooms provide both computers and a design space for practical and graphical work. We have a provision for a computer for each student. We run the latest versions of SolidWorks and Adobe Creative Suite; students use these programs from year seven through to thirteen. The design technology classrooms each have a dedicated MakerBot Fifth Generation 3D printer for use in the junior years. Both classrooms are linked to our workshop, DT2.
The ‘Workshop’ (DT2) is a well-equipped large teaching space. Our aim within KS3 is to allow every student an opportunity to use as many hand tools as possible, and be certificated for independent use (under supervision) on a vast majority of the machine tools, by the end of year nine. However, safety remains a core value, as does creativity.
The Catering practical lab (R11) is a large and new facility designed to deliver the catering curriculum in the most practical manner. R11 is a very clean and cared for space with commercial chillers, air conditioning, and quality utensils to support the delivery of the catering curriculum. Teaching from year seven to eleven takes place here. Theory lessons in year ten and eleven are taught in the adjacent computer suite (R10).
Junior school departmental clubs.
· The STEM First Lego League club is run by Mr Spain, supported by sixth form students, and delivered in (DT1). We run a number of EV3 and NX2 generation teams in year seven, eight, and nine. http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2014fllworldclass
· PrintIT is a national graphical competition run in year nine by Mr Spain. Historically we have had great success in this competition. http://www.proskills.co.uk/printit/
· Cooking Club is run by Miss Harland and is delivered in the catering Lab R11. As part of this club students enter a local cooking competition in conjunction with Thanet Earth. In 2014 we won this competition.
Upper and Senior school – Clarendon House Technology Facilities.
GCSE and A LEVEL courses are delivered as an optional subject. Our teaching facilities include…
Two dedicated product design classrooms (R5 and R6) the rooms provide both computers and a design space for practical and graphical work. We continue to provide SolidWorks and Adobe Creative Suite at the core of our designing software as well as the provision of one computer per student. These rooms are accessible at lunch and after school for students to pursue their studies.
The ‘Workshop’ (R1) is a well-equipped teaching space. Bag pressing, rotational moulding and plastic casting are examples of the practical approach we have to student learning. Exploration through 3D iterative modelling is a core value at GCSE and A-level. Our workshop is equipped to take this approach.
Computer Aided Manufacturing rooms. There are two CAM (computer aided manufacturing) rooms, which are very well equipped with a variety of high quality machines. We are currently running Two Denford Mirco Routers, Universal V3.5 Lasercutter, Mercury Lasercutter, Denford Router 2600pro, Roland Camm1 Vinyl cutter, and Roland Camm 2. All are accessible for GCSE and A level students.
3D HUB. Our 3D HUB is a dedicated space for ten 3D printers including seven Ultimaker 2s, two MakerBot Fifth Generations and a Denford UP printer. These machines give students the opportunity to realise high quality complex outcomes, complicated and advanced computer aided designed outcomes (CAD) students have produced can now be printed in ABS, PLA, and XT-copolyester. As part of our approach to 3D manufacturing we have a university placement student who runs the 3D HUB and provides a 3D printing service to the local community, schools, and businesses as well as providing printing expertise to our students within the school. We are a Create Education 3D HUB and work with them on national projects as well as independent ventures with Hornby and (PML) Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
Senior School departmental clubs.
· Product Design CLUB runs on a Tuesday and Thursday from 3.25 - 4.30. This club allows students to access the department’s practical, CAD, and CAM facilities. The club is aimed at year ten, eleven, twelve, and thirteen students. Having the sixth form working along side GSCE students supports a mentor/mentee and challenge environment. Mr Brewin, Mr Spain, Mr Taylor and Mr Cowper are available during product design club for students to access help and advice.
· MakeIT wood is a national competition run for year ten students in the spring by Mr Spain, Mr Taylor, and Mr Brewin. The students are asked to design and manufacture a solution to a brief in wood based materials. In 2014 we had three national award finalists in this competition. http://www.proskills.co.uk/makeit/
· MakeIT furniture is a national competition for year twelve students run by Mr Taylor and Mr Brewin. The students are asked to design and manufacture solutions to a furniture brief from materials sourced from wood. From 2012 - 2014 we have had four national award winners and nine finalists in this competition.