Finding new and recycled materials for your Major Design Project

June 29th, 2016 → 12:58 am @

When it comes to a student’s Major Design Project, a frequently asked question  in many of the emails I receive is, “Where will I be able to purchase………………………..” and “How much is my Major Design Project likely to cost?” Two issues face students. Where will I find the material I need and how do I calculate how […]


Influence of Colour on Your Project

June 27th, 2016 → 7:36 am @

In our world, people are influenced more by colour than one would first think. Why is this statement of importance to Design and Technology students? Believe it or not, markers and assessors are human and accordingly are influenced by the colour of your Major Design Project. Science, and experimental studies, as far back as the […]


Use Cad in your Design and Technology Folio

June 15th, 2016 → 2:22 pm @

The catch cry of students is that it is too hard to learn CAD (Computer- aided- design) to include it in their folios. What can be gained by using CAD?  Years ago many organisations had drawing offices which rolled out all their drawings on drawing paper and reproduced them by copying. If you made any […]


Proof reading your Design and Technology Folio

May 23rd, 2016 → 5:09 am @

One of the services Design and Technology Students have found invaluable, is my Design and Technology Mentoring Program. Check out my website for further details of how you can have your own Design and Technology Teacher to provide direct feedback and constructive criticism of your Folio work. Students are encouraged to send each section […]


Design and Technology safe practice while constructing your Major Design Project

May 21st, 2016 → 4:33 am @

In your Design and Technology Folio you are required to show you have complied with the reverent workshop safety requirements. Bold statements are sometimes made in Design and Technology Folios how they have met the safety standards relating to that states safety laws. In the process of showing how the product was manufactured, the student […]


Design and Technology 2013

February 23rd, 2013 → 6:13 am @

  DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY MENTORING PROGRAMME I have again this year had a number of students enroll in the  Design and Technology Mentoring Programme. As always there are a large range of Good ideas being developed. Each year there seems to be  common themes of questions, students ask about their Major Design Projects. As you […]


Design and Technology Curriculum and Board of Studies Requirements

April 22nd, 2011 → 12:48 am @

Curriculum and Board of Studies Requirements I recently can across a problem where a school had set assignments which did not meet the Board of Studies curriculum and had been set up in good faith by teachers. It is a timely reminder to both Design and Technology pupils and teachers to check the technology curriculum […]


Pedestal Drill

January 7th, 2011 → 1:29 pm @

A very common machine in a school workshop is the Pedestal Drill. One of the advantages of using this type of drilling machine is that the hole you drill will be square to the job in two planes. It is very difficult to achieve this with a hand drill. The Pedestal Drill is easier to […]


Safety while manufacturing your Major Design Project

January 2nd, 2011 → 6:28 pm @

    You have dreamed up a great project for your Major Design Project, used CAD to draw it up and have a great school workshop available for manufacturing. But being new to manufacturing there are a number of issues which relate to working safely in a workshop. Have you been shown by your teacher […]


Board of Studies – New folio requirements for 2011 Design and Technology

December 9th, 2010 → 9:16 pm @

There has been an announcement made by the NSW Board of Studies relating to the maximum number of pages which will be allowed in 2011. For Design and Technology students in 2011 the maximum number of pages has been set at 85 pages. Students in the past have presented folios which were considered excessive in […]