Curriculum topics available: Mechanics and engineering, Electronics.
This workshop involves students building robots from instructions that can teach them about various mechanisms including cams, levers and pulleys, and gearing.
If you would like us to focus the sessions on teaching a particular mechanism to link with your DT objectives please let us know in advance and we'll ensure we prepare with the most appropriate building instructions to meet your DT objectives.
In KS1 these sessions can cover the following Design Objectives:
- design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users
based on design criteria
- generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing,
templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication
In KS1 this workshop can cover the following Technical Knowledge Objectives:
- build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
- explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their
In KS2 this workshop can cover the following Technical Knowledge Objectives:
- apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
- understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
- understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits
incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
- apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.
In KS3 this workshop can cover the following Technical Knowledge objectives:
- understand how more advanced mechanical systems used in their products enable
changes in movement and force
- understand how more advanced electrical and electronic systems can be powered and used in their products [for example, circuits with heat, light, sound and movement as inputs and outputs]
- apply computing and use electronics to embed intelligence in products that respond to inputs [for example, sensors], and control outputs [for example, actuators], using programmable components [for example, microcontrollers]