In September 2013, OLA opened a new purpose-built facility with a good balance of both traditional manufacturing equipment and new state-of-the-art technology. The machines include a laser cutter, a 3D router and a 3D printer.
The curriculum offered covers the design and manufacture of projects that use a range of materials such as card, wood, plastic and metal. Pupils will develop a range of techniques and processes for working with and modeling these materials. The projects also cover Electronics and Graphic Design.
Each year group works on the following topics and projects:
Year 5: Basic workshop skills and painting – create a desk tidy
Year 6: Structures – build a bridge; Electronics – make a credit-card sized torch
Year 7: Product design – design and make a Tangram puzzle, including packaging
Year 8: Mechanisms – design and make a mechanical toy
Year 9: Electronics – design and make a night-light clock in the style of the Memphis Design school
At GCSE, pupils can choose Product Design as one of their optional subjects. We also offer Product Design at A Level.
D&T has offered a range of clubs, which differ from term
to term depending on pupils’ interests. They have so far covered
automotive design, jewellery making, electronics and the manufacture of a
replica of Scott of the Antarctic’s sledge. Currently there are clubs running
for the year 10s and 11s to enhance their skills for GCSE.
The department is
often involved with the many cultural aspects of the school, from helping those
involved with the Young Enterprise Scheme to helping in construction for the
annual Christmas Fair.
Year 10 GCSE Product Design pupils visited to Jaguar in 2013 and 2014, with a
view to understanding more about mass production and lean manufacturing.
Jaguar plant is in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham and covers 112 acres, building
three models – the XJ, XF and XK. It employs about 2,000 people and is
responsible for building the bodies (called Body-in-White, BIW), painting them
and trimming them out to create a fully finished vehicle ready for sale. Every
vehicle built is built to order so it is possible for a customer to go and see
their actual car being built.