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Smart Materials: the Next Generation

This short film clip looks at the use of different materials in a formula one car. With a carbon fibre material, the car can be designed with the correct balance of strength and stiffness so that if the car crashes it will collapse and not crush the driver.

Shape Memory Alloys

This film clip shows some of the latest ideas for aeroplanes being trialled by NASA. Amongst the concepts are wings which change shape while in the air to make the aeroplane faster and more fuel efficient. This is only possible due to a remarkable range of smart materials. One of the materials being used is a...

Product Design, Testing and Modification: Trunki

This film clip looks at the British Safety Standards that had to be met by the ‘Trunki’ – a ride-on suitcase for children. The suitcase has to undergo the same tests which would be used for a bike, including the curb test. This involves placing a 50Kg weight onto the case and then swinging it into a curb edge at...

Product Design and Mass Manufacture Design Optimization

This film clip introduces design optimisation and meeting a design brief. Chris Althorpe, a Senior Designer, was asked to design a highly attractive, small, market leading, multi-functional peak flow meter. Form and function were not the only requirements in the client’s brief. It also needed to be manufactured...

Industrial Design and Testing Designing for Innovation and Safety

This film clip goes to Volvo’s advanced test facility. As safety is the most important element of the Volvo brand, they have invested heavily in what may be the best crash test centre in the world. They can reconstruct almost any collision that may occur in the real world, even re-creating crashes between two...

ICT inTextiles, Design Practice and Process

This film clip describes the latest Size UK survey. This was last carried out in the 1950’s, when all the measurements had to be taken by hand. Today each person is measured in a 3D body scanning machine. This is being used to scan thousands of men and women of different ages and ethnic backgrounds the team have...

How Pop Art Changed the World

This film clips describes the technical innovations that enabled pop art to change the look of peoples’ homes. Being able to print bright colours...

How Postmodernism Changed the World

In this film clip, George Sowden talks about how in the 1960s, modernism placed a lot of rules on design and restricted research. In an attempt to break away from feeling trapped by modernism, he produced a series of paintings which later formed the basis for the decorative finishes he added to the modernist...

Choosing Sustainable Materials

This film clip looks at a sustainable system of timber production and woodland management. It is explained that sustainability is the way in which the environment is managed, not whether trees are felled or not. Clear felling uses excavating machines to clear large areas of woodland at a time as part of an...

CAD CAM in Textile Manufacturing

This film clip illustrates how computer aided design (CAD) can be used to create a textiles design. Different kinds of stitches and colours can be dragged and dropped onto the design. The shape of the garment can then be created, with the computer automatically calculating the different sizes. It is explained why...

Python Beginners Workbook for Secondary Schools

The aim of this workbook, written by Ali Mulla, is to provide a simple introduction for students to programming in the language Python. The book contains examples, tasks for students to complete and space for students to write their observations and answers to questions posed. The topics covered are: dealing with...

Sugar Making

This resource was produced to get students working in teams and understanding the scientific and industrial processes involved in sugar making. The resource consists of 23 cards detailing each step of the sugar making process, which students are asked to arrange in the correct order to go from harvesting the sugar...

Tuberculosis: Can the Spread of This Killer Disease be Halted?

With an increase in tuberculosis (TB) throughout the world during the 21st century, this resource looks at what scientists are doing to combat a disease that many believed was a problem of the past.

The TB fact file describes the disease, its symptoms and incidence and reviews current research into its cause...

H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic

This booklet, from the Microbiology Society, gives an overview of the swine flu story so far. In eight pages it covers the disease, the causal virus, how it is transmitted, who is affected and how the disease can be treated. The National Immunisation Programme, international pandemic preparedness and the...

Malaria: a Global Challenge

Malaria is one of the world's biggest killers. It infects up to 250 million and kills nearly 800,000 people per year. This resource, from the Microbiology Society, takes a look at the history of the disease along with its causes, diagnosis, treatment and the prevention strategies employed to tackle this global...

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