Design & Technology

Beyond the classroom

Clubs
Run by our 6th form prefects for year 7, D&T club is a fun way to spend a lunchtime. Recent projects have included knitting tiny hats for the Innocent Smoothie Big Knit campaign, and felt Christmas tree decorations. Food tech club is also run by our prefects.
We also run ‘DT Do It Better Club’ to encourage students to improve their work to the highest possible standard. The club is also there for pupils who aren’t sure how to complete their homework, or were absent when it was set.

Trips
For A level students visit the Victoria and Albert Museum fashion collection, and any relevant exhibitions on in London during the year. For Textiles GCSE we are introducing a visit to the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham, and for GCSE Food a trip to Cadbury World. In year 10 we make local visits to relevant shops as part of the research section for the controlled assessment. At KS3 visits are dependent on the projects and this varies from year to year. When designing and making windmills we have visited the Wimbledon Windmill museum, when designing and making toy boats we have visited City University to sail the boats in their indoor canal.

The Fashion Show
We have an annual Fashion Show at the end of the Spring Term to showcase the garments made by the AS and A2 students. In the show there is also a competition element open to the whole school. Last year’s theme was ‘Around the World’.  This year’s 'Space' theme is inspired by Major Tim Peake being the first UK astronaut on the International Space Station, and the promotion of the STEM subjects at LMS. 

Competitions
Wherever possible we enter pupils in to Design competitions. This year we are extremely proud to announce that Martha Tromans in year 9 won a fashion design competition. The prize was to have her dress made and displayed with her name in gold letters in the shop window. She also won a week of work experience with the Haute Couture designer, Antonia Pugh-Thomas.

A team of ten year 7&8 pupils took part in the EEP Tomorrow’s Engineers Lego Robotics competition 2016. This involved programming Lego space buggies to undertake missions on Mars! The Lady Margaret team came second in the regional finals at Queen Mary University, earning them a place at the National finals in Coventry. In the finals they did extremely well to come first in the presentation section, and 9th overall out of 21 teams. Their success earned them a place in the First Lego League, an International Engineering competition which will take place between September 2016 and January 2017. The LMS team will also be mentoring the new team to take part in the EEP competition, speak to Miss Mitchell to find out how you can be involved.

Sixth formers are also encouraged to enter their controlled assessment designs in to a nationwide Fashion competition, last year Polly Standring (yr13) was highly commended in the competition.

STEM

The Design and Technology actively promote STEM learning and careers at Lady Margaret. Current projects include:•    Five year 9 pupils took part in Engineering Master Classes at the Royal Institute.
•    The EEP Tomorrow’s Engineers Robotics Challenge and First Lego League.
•    To celebrate Women in Engineering Day, 30 year 9 DT students visited the London Transport Museum in June to find out more about careers in Engineering.
•    Visiting speakers from the London STEMNET Ambassadors scheme visited LMS to give talks about STEM related careers.

 

 


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