Resistant Materials 1

Clock Design

Students will work to a design brief to design and make a clock for a young boy or girl.  They will use acrylic. This will introduce them to tools and processes used to work in plastic and what is possible to do in this material.  They will develop their ideas so they can be made into ‘shop quality’ products.  They will use new planning techniques to aid their making and organisation and evaluate their work at the end of unit.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: have a general understanding of plastic working tools and how to work in acrylic as well as a broader knowledge of workshop safety; be able to design and make a simple well presented clock out of acrylic, and use planning effectively to accomplish this; evaluate their clock simply against their original design to see if they have successfully recreated it.

Most students will: be able to use more complex planning methods to aid their making work and develop their presentation skills to be neat and clear in their designing and communication of ideas; evaluate their product during the design and making stages and when it is complete to show thorough development and commitment to produce a clock that fits the design brief.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to develop their ideas and try out different methods of creating their product using ‘trial and error’ to adjust it and make it more effective; be able to evaluate their clock thoroughly, linking in methods of how they would produce it commercially if it were to be sold en masse.

How to help your child

Look at existing clocks (at home, in shops etc) for inspiration.

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