Design Technology is a flagship subject within Breckenbrough, with innovative and creative projects constantly on the go at any given time. It is never a question of ‘can we do this’, always ‘how will we do this’. This approach to learning not only promotes progress through the curriculum, but also helps our boys develop skills and qualities that are beneficial for the future.
The award-winning department has won prizes at the STEM competition three years running. In 2014, we won a major prize for a pedal-powered aeroplane; a project devised by a Y10 students for his GCSE coursework. In 2015, we entered a land boat that was subsequently used as a stage prop in Wind in the Willows. For STEM 2016 we designed and built a ride on toy that allows a blind child to navigate it around and be able to take part in normal activities; which again was a winner!
Wood, metal, plastics, sewing
At Key Stage 4, students can study either the DT GCSE or the ABC Award. The work is customised for each pupil, giving the pupils experience in using wood, metal, plastics and sewing projects. Projects are also undertaken using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture.