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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College



Engineering is about designing and making solutions to given briefs which reflect real life problems. Students use a range of materials including wood, metal and plastics, electronics circuit board, components and kits. The course offers many opportunities to be creative and innovative and requires students to develop a range of skills to manufacture high quality products, which are both aesthetically pleasing and function as intended. Students gain skills, knowledge and understanding about materials, processes, tools, machinery and specialist CAD CAM equipment, such as the laser cutter and the 3D printer. Students are encouraged to be responsible designers by giving careful consideration at every stage to industrial production, economic and environmental issues.

Programme of Study

Year 7

  • Moisture Sensor Analysing and identifying issues to develop success criteria based on users’ needs and wants
  • Developing soldering skills and designing a workable circuit with a given range of components and circuit boards
  • Making moulds to manufacture component housing, using the workshop tools and a vacuum former
  • Using equipment, feedback from users and electronic testing to identify areas of success, and facilitate an action plan for improvement
  • Designing Exploring and developing ideas for the case, Developing a functioning circuit with the correct components, Identifying users’ needs and formulating a design specification to make a moisture sensor
  • Making Using a range of materials such as acrylic and circuit board to make the electronic circuit, Using soldering irons, the laser cutter and the vacuum former to make circuit housing
  • Evaluating Testing and evaluating the product by checking for component function using a voltmeter, Checking the function of the moisture sensor by asking the target group to use the moisture sensor, Modifying the design to improve function and aesthetic appeal

Year 8

  • Energy
  • Identifying and investigating different forms of energy, specifically identifying renewable forms including solar, wind, hydro and gravitational energy
  • Solar powered buggy
  • Listing the success criteria necessary for a buggy to clear debris out of half a drain pipe
  • Constructing the solar powered buggy by constructing the kit, making the electronic circuit and testing it
  • Making a trebuchet (Medieval catapult)
  • Using structural techniques destroy a castle
  • Hovercraft
  • Using a given brief, designing and making a working hovercraft to solve the problem of stranded people on a beach
  • Evaluating
  • Using fun and practical methods in competition form to ‘clear the pipe’, ‘destroy the castle first’ and ‘rescue the people’
  • Designing Investigating sources of energy and in particular solar panels and other renewable forms of energy
  • Making Making a solar powered buggy to complete a tunnel clearing challenge, Making a Trebuchet (medieval catapult) using structural techniques , Making a hovercraft using an electronic circuit and electronic motor
  • Evaluating Comparing the final product to the original intentions Testing the function of the product by timing, recording and making adjustments for efficiency of the solar powered buggies., Testing the Trebuchet by “destroying the castle” (highest score wins), Testing the hovercraft over a set distance, Evaluating the aesthetic qualities and the function of the components