Week of Feb 19th

Exciting energy news this week!  Researchers have invented a type of battery (technically, a “flow cell”) that uses waste Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to recharge the battery, which is based on a water solution.  So the smoke & vapor from energy production (burning coal, for example) can be used to recharge batteries!

Other researchers announced this week that they’ve invented a material that can turn sunlight, heat and motion into electricity.  Think of that!  When your phone runs low, you could take a walk outside and plug in into your shirt to recharge.  These are both horizon technologies at the moment, still needing much research in order to become mainstream, but they bear a lot of promise.

For those of you in DT Year 2 (Class of 2017), I just read an interesting article at DeZeen about some design students in a Swedish university.  For one of their projects, they were given 3 sizes of steel rods and a design brief to create a chair using the space frame method.  Did their designs end up demonstrating that form follows function?  You be the judge.

-Ms Nolat

Y2 (2017): Quotes for Criterion E

Proto labs has an ongoing offer to provide free quotes and advice on moving designs to a small-commercial or large-commercial production, for CNC-milling or Injection molding.  This may be really useful for your criterion E if you have parts to make this way.

House in the forest competition

Have you ever dreamed of living in a house surrounded by the forest? Take those dreams to the next level in the House in the Forest 2017 design competition. Open to students and professionals, individual entries and group entries, the design competition seeks ideas in architectural design, landscape design, and site planning that promote environmental conservation. Candidates can choose any fictional location of their liking that is in a forest or surrounded by a forest. Cash prizes totaling $800 will be distributed among the top three winners. Last minute registration ends March 30, 2017 and the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

Read more at Inhabitat: House in the Forest design competition launches call for entries | Design Competitions

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Week of Feb 12th

I can’t decided if it’s too cold to be spring yet, or to warm to be winter any longer.  It just keeps flipping back and forth!  Anyway, we have quite a line-up this week.

On Thursday, I want the Class of 2017 designers to meet around the table to discuss Wim’s classics with regard to form and function.  The essential question is: “How do you determine the amount of attention to place on form vs. on function when you’re designing?”

In DeZeen this week: This shingle-clad pavilion built by robots with almost no waste is a stroke of genius from ETH Zurich students, say readers. Read the story and comments >

If you haven’t yet picked up your allocation of staff leave for absences this semester, do that right away.  It’s at the bottom of The Daily, in the convenience store.
Reminder: Microsoft is sponsoring a special day for high school girls (March 25th) to come to their Advanced Technology Lab to find out about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and take workshops.  If you or someone you know might be interested, the sign-up deadline is March 1st.

-Ms Nolat

Trash to treasure competition

Resourceful folks don’t see a pile of trash, they see an opportunity to get creative. The Trash to Treasure Contest is back for its second installment and we want to see how you reuse, upcycle, and repurpose items you’ve rescued from the trash. If the project uses an item that would have otherwise been discarded, it’s eligible!

Prizes include a Samsung Galaxy Tab4, Dremel Ultrasaw, Dremel 4200 series toolkit, Leatherman and more. Good luck, and show us how one person’s trash can become another person’s treasure!

Only 7 days left to enter the Trash to Treasure Contest 2017!

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Week of Feb 5th

NEW: Microsoft is sponsoring a special day for high school girls (March 25th) to come to their Advanced Technology Lab to find out about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and take workshops.  If you or someone you know might be interested, the sign-up deadline is March 1st.

IKEA won the Design of the Year award for it’s outstanding efforts on behalf of refugees, in the area of housing.  It’s a major effort and one that is attracting a lot of attention (in positive ways) to the humanitarian crisis going on.  This really shows the power of design to change people’s lives.

If you’re interested in design as a career, Coroflot’s recent blog post “What do you look for in a designer” might be of interest.  They interview award winning designer Fred Bould about his views on what makes a good designer and how students & graduates can show they have what it takes.

-Ms Nolat

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DT18 IA Inspiration

On the OSC IB Blog for DT Alan Perkins recently posted a nice little message about possible inspirations for your IA if you’re having trouble getting an idea you’re happy to work on.  This one is all about furniture.

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Week of Jan 29th

Many folks have trouble understanding how to create and understand Orthographic Projection drawings at first.  Here’s a pretty straightforward presentation about it that may help explain the details.

Now that the CAC Design Museum board of directors has selected an award recipient for this year, we need to get the display ready.  Franklin has some special rewards for anyone who’d like to work on helping the museum staff out with that.

The RSA has an annual competition for design; I thought you might like to take a look at the various design briefs for the twelve challenges they offer.  This can give you an idea of the sorts of design problems that current Design professionals are tackling.

Harvard University has just unveiled a free 10-week course for anyone to learn Architecture.  Through study of highly influential buildings in history, you learn the fundamentals & appreciation for Architecture, as well as practical skills like architectural drawing and modelling.  It’s available via the edX platform and a new cohort will start on February 28th.

-Ms Nolat

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DT18 - Gov't Inspections!

 

 

Human Factors inspection is open today.  As usual, it will be open the entire week and close on Saturday evening.  You may take it as many times as you like, with a delay between retries to allow for time to review & study.

We’ll hold off starting the inspection on Plastics until February 5th due to the delay in starting the Human Factors inspection.

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Study guide (IB DT)

These guides simply list the concepts, vocabulary, and questions you should know in order to consider that topic or sub-topic mastered:

This guide is a summary of the key concepts for each topic and sub-topic.  It’s not enough to answer everything listed in the guides above, but it’s a great review tool and starting point:

  • DP DT Review Guide, courtesy of John Zobrist, DT Teacher at UWC SEA in Singapore (15 mb)

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Week of Jan 22nd

Core77 published an article this week covering IKEA’s new joinery for their Lisabo line of furniture, coming out around the world in 2017/2018.  There are many interesting aspects to this choice, both from an engineering point of view and from a sustainability point of view.  But I think perhaps the most interesting part of the entire article are the comments below it.  Several raise questions about the points the author makes in the story.  Do you think the commentators have a point?

In the world of Design there are so many, varied jobs it can be difficult to decide what you might want to do.  One possibility was taken up by designer Adam Atkinson, who focuses on designing bags, accessories, leather- and soft- goods.  He has a portfolio posted at Coroflot to give you an idea of the type of work & design he does.

Finally, this week, Michael DiTullo has posted a nifty review of his sketching during the last year.  It’s a quick (1 min) slideshow of 250 sketches he produced, mostly for fun and exploration of ideas.  His point is that you should be sketching every day as a designer – it’s a fundamental skill for exploring, communicating, and enrolling others in supporting your ideas.  He’s made a goal of producing at least 1 sketch per day for 2017.  How about you?

-Ms Nolat

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Study guide (IB DT)

These guides simply list the concepts, vocabulary, and questions you should know in order to consider that topic or sub-topic mastered:

This guide is a summary of the key concepts for each topic and sub-topic.  It’s not enough to answer everything listed in the guides above, but it’s a great review tool and starting point:

  • DP DT Review Guide, courtesy of John Zobrist, DT Teacher at UWC SEA in Singapore (15 mb)
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DT18 - Gov't Inspection warning

 

 

We’ll be holding an inspection on Plastics starting on January 29th.  The inspection will be opened for 1 week and as usual, there are no limits on retries except the time limit between them.  Be ready!

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Week of Jan 15th

Back in the swing of things this week, I have a very interesting article for you: 5 Things I Learnt as a Designer at LEGO.  In this article, Jonathan Bree shares some great insights for designers, culled from his experience at the iconic toy maker.  I thought #3 was particularly appropriate for Design Technology.

I have another number-of-things article for you, too.  This one may be of interest to every student, actually:  Three things top performing students know that their peers miss.  Some absolutely fantastic advice here that you won’t want to…er…miss.

As I mentioned last week, I encourage you to take a few minutes to think about the major problems in our world today and which one you might be interested in focusing on.  Start small, look local, and make a positive change in the world.  This is Design Technology.

 

-Ms Nolat

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Study guide (IB DT)

These guides simply list the concepts, vocabulary, and questions you should know in order to consider that topic or sub-topic mastered:

This guide is a summary of the key concepts for each topic and sub-topic.  It’s not enough to answer everything listed in the guides above, but it’s a great review tool and starting point:

  • DP DT Review Guide, courtesy of John Zobrist, DT Teacher at UWC SEA in Singapore (15 mb)
DT18: pick up cubes!!

If you want your ‘glass’ study cube, be sure to take it home this week.  They’re on the front counter, next to the door.

All study cubes left in the Labs by the end of the week will be considered donated and either recycled or saved for use with future classes as examples.

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