Before Easter, as part of our Design Technology curriculum, Andes worked extremely hard designing and making an Egyptian Display for a museum. This display included a backdrop, an artefact and an electrical alarm system (including a buzzer) which would be activated if anybody tried to steal the artefact from their display.
All of the children worked sensibly with the electrical components, creating series circuits including a buzzer and designing and making their own switches using materials such as cardboard, silver foil, wire, split pins and paper clips.
In pairs they designed, made, tested and evaluated their museum exhibition (backdrop, artefact) and alarm system as well as writing descriptions of their artefacts in Literacy.
The children developed their DT skills of designing a product matched to a success criteria, labelling diagrams, selecting appropriate materials and tools, constructing designs, using electrical systems in their designs and evaluating their design and product.
I was so impressed with the effort, enthusiasm and skills shown by all of the children in Andes class, it was amazing to hear the buzz of excitement filling the classroom as they unleashed their creativity! There was some great team work displayed!