Students will work to a design brief to design and make a portable speaker that can plug into any 3.5mm jack socket. They will use wood to create the speaker casing and then design and make visuals to the theme of ‘Designer Brands’. They will also construct the electrical amplifier circuit to develop their Year 7 circuit work; they will learn about more complex components and how they amplify the sound. This project focuses on developing designs and producing a product that students are pleased with and is finished to a high standard.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: have a good understanding of using wood working tools and how to work in plywood as well as a broader knowledge of electronics used in everyday products; be able to design and make a simple well presented portable speaker to the theme of ‘Designer Brands’ and create the electronic amplifier circuit.
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; develop their product during the design and making stages so it fits the design brief and create the circuit with precise soldering to a high quality; have a basic understanding of how the circuitry works to amplify the sound.
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 portable speaker thoroughly, linking in methods of how they would produce it commercially if it were to be put into production; conisder packaging and marketing of the product.
How to help your child
Look at existing speakers for inspiration (at home and in shops). Look at Designer Brand shops, advertisements, on the internet, etc.