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Mechanisms: Automata Toys


This Design Technology topic will focus on mechanisms as we aim to design, make and evaluate automata toys. 


TIMBERKITS Three Little Pigs Automata Shaun The Sheep Mechanical Wooden  Puzzle-Model Construction Kit, Wood : Amazon.co.uk: Toys & Games


In this topic we will:


  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of functional and appealing products that are fit for purpose
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and exploded diagrams


  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately


  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work


  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example cams]