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Think0nauts 2019

Think0nauts is the closest we get to a D&T lesson for 10+ year olds.

Each topic covers a range of STEM concepts and learners engage in problem solving and teamwork. Occasionally we make things that students wish to take home with them; for which we may make a charge to cover our costs in addition to the basic session fee. Learners are provided with guidance and instructions where required but they are also expected to rack their brains occasionally to overcome difficulties and develop ideas independently. Our activities can be used for CREST awards and parents are welcome to organise this for themselves. We cannot guarantee a particular outcome, we respect our learners and they are welcome to enjoy the experience without making or completing work.

 

Typical examples of projects:

  • We want to look at control and programming. Someone suggests a 'boat' project so we agree a challenge - to design and make a sailing boat that must be blown across the hot tub in the garden by the learner.

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  • After this we design boats that must be powered by batteries an follow a route around the hot tub automatically. Students actually design the propellers which are laser cut and heated to bend them. Another group make paddle wheels. Which do you think wins?

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  • We want to help Aer0nauts make an egg carrying plane so we explore 'shock absorption using a 'sprung' legged thing made on the laser cutter as a kit. Students adjust the springs until it doesn't bounce when it lands. Just like a car.

 

 

 

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