Resistant Materials

Year 7

Banksy Box
Students explore small personal items that can be stored in a small wooden box. An isometric projection drawing is produced and basic hand tools are used to make the boxes. Students use lap joints to join the sides of the box and cut a base from plywood. Graffiti style graphics are engraved onto the lid using a laser cutter with the designs reflecting what the boxes are to store.

Year 8

Pewter Cast Key Fob
Students explore a fun theme to shape the pewter cast key fob. CAD is used to design a mould which is then laser cut from plywood. The mould is then used in the pewter casting process. If appropriate to the design, plastics are engraved and embedded into the pewter cast key fobs.

Year 9

USB LED Desk Lamp
Students design make an LED desk lamp using a USB port as the power supply.  Wood, plastics and electronic circuits are incorporated in the desk lamp product. Before manufacturing takes place a working drawing including dimensions are produced. The desk lamps are then made and tested. As an extension task students explore the use of more advanced electronics so that the desk lamp automatically switches the lamp off.

Edexcel GCSE Resistant Materials Technology (RMT)

Year 10 & 11

What will I learn?

GCSE RMT covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using materials such as wood, metal and plastics in many forms. As well as learning hand skills, you will use a range of industrials processes to shape and form materials into functioning products. Over the course of two years you will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to RMT and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1 - Knowledge and Understanding of RMT (Examination 40%)
  • Unit 2 - Creative Design and Make Activities (Coursework 60%)

You will have the option of completing your coursework unit in two different ways.

  • Through a combined design and make activity where you design a product and then make a model of it.
  • Through separate design and make activities where you design one product and make another.

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