Design Technology Community Projects
In Design Technology Bromsgrove Service students work collaboratively with outside organisations to design and manufacture a range of products that serve individual purposes. Students work together to provide design solutions using a range of materials and processes.
Some students use the activity to support the elements of their qualifications others simply enjoy the variety of activities and the environment. Bat boxes for local conservationists, mud kitchens for a local school for children with disabilities, Christmas themed novelty plaques for a charity fair, raised beds for a local old people’s home, tactile dice for a school for partially sighted children are some examples of products that our students create.
During 2016 the Community Projects team was approached by The Stroke Association and was asked to produce a display board that they could use during demonstrations to educate people of the effects of strokes on the brain. The team set about by identifying the main sections of the brain and what their function were , gathering information and starting to plan the design of the display piece. Over the course of the two terms, the teams designed and made the display board using techniques such as laser cutting, CNC work and spray painting to finish off the project. Information regarding each section was placed on the inside of each piece and handles made so that the user could easily remove the pieces and identify the sections function. The pieces are clearly labelled by vinyl stickers and spray painted in the colours of the stroke associates logo. The team are very proud of what they have produced, especially as it will go to such a good cause and look forward to it being used to help educate others.