Year 9 students are currently undertaking taster courses in DT prior to choosing GCSE options next term. The students were able to choose one of four projects and, in order to help them make up their minds, they heard presentations and could question students who have already completed the same courses.
Jake Mann and Maxim Lee spoke to the students about product design while Savannah Jones and Rhys Coles gave an insight into the hospitality and catering course. Heather Marsden from Northants County Council launched an innovative textiles upcycling scheme while Mr Browne’s students are working on the set for the forthcoming BW Factor talent show and engineering students will make a ‘speedy scooter’. Catering students will make and serve a traditional afternoon tea.
Mr Barrett said: ‘This has been a series of presentations we have done over the past four weeks focussing on our specialisms. We did an engineering one, product design, textiles and catering. It gives students the information to make an informed choice.’
Mr Browne told the students: ‘There is no such thing as an easy GCSE course, you have to be dedicated. These students have got different things out of it, they have put in lots of hard work and now they are at the end of their courses and realise what hard work it is but they can be very proud of the products that they created.
‘We have covered all the different aspects of DT and within that there are lots of different strands which you can choose from. There are a lot of new developments happening in the world of technology, from games design onwards. There are a lot of different strands you could pursue here or at university.’