Steve Brawley at Mountbatten School in Romsey, Hampshire has CNC knife-cutting off to a fine art. The pictures here are all from his Year 7, 8 and 9 groups who produce clocks, ‘phone holders and framed mirrors all using 2D Design, a TechSoft LaserCAM and a Roland GX-24E knife-cutter. The results speak for themselves and, in terms of quality, it’s hard to see which ones come from Year 7 and which from Year 9. That’s because Steve has a clear strategy for teaching 2D Design from the start. As he says; “the Year 7s see what the Year 9s have done and step-up to match it. By the time they are in Year 9 they step-up again. The work just keeps getting better and better”. Spending an afternoon in the classroom with one of his Y7 groups was a delight. A natural and dynamic engagement with design and products that students love and value has to be a hallmark of success in Design and Technology. Steve would be the first to admit that the projects themselves are hardly ground-breaking but (as they say) “It ain’t what you do – it’s the way that you do it”.
And that’s what gets results!
by Tim Elderton of TechSoft, April 2014