During this webinar, we explored ways to support students across all four Junior Cycle Technology subjects in communicating and developing their design ideas through sketching and modelmaking. The guests on the evening were Orla McKeever from the Cork Centre for Architectural Education and Fiona Byrne from The Big Idea. We also visited a school to see students engaging in a design challenge and using some of the strategies that were discussed.
Below you can see a recording of the webinar, a video of the student design challenge and a link to download the resources associated with the design challenge. These may act as a stimulus to explore these approaches further in your classroom.
In April and May 2022, a collaboration between ATU Connemara and Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) took place which explored effective use of Laser cutters/engravers in the suite of Technology subjects. Throughout the live events, a number of topics were explored with teachers. Below, you will find some recorded videos which capture the essence of the type of material explored during these events.
Note 1: It is important to remember at all times to follow the user manual for any equipment and/or software associated with a Laser cutter/engraver.
Note 2: It is important to note that schools do not need to possess a laser cutter in order for the curriculum to be experienced by their students. There are many other ways in which the Junior Cycle curriculum and the Key Skills can be experienced by students.
The recordings below explore the following areas:
Video 1 – CorelDRAW introduction, inserting text and text adjustments, increasing image quality
Video 2 – Raster and vector engraving, screen to machine introduction, power and speed settings
Video 3 – General maintenance and troubleshooting
Video 1 – Opening AutoCAD and basic settings
Video 2 – Creating Geometry in AutoCAD
Video 3 – Creating layers within AutoCAD for laser cutting
Video 4 – Importing freehand sketches to AutoCAD
Video 5 - Importing models from Solidworks to AutoCAD
This workshop was designed to support SLAR facilitators of all subjects. The aim of this workshop is to up-skill teacher's facilitation skills, to understand fundamentals of the SLAR process and to aid them in preparing, implementing and reflecting on the SLAR process.