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Applying laser cutting techniques through horology for teaching effective STEM in design and technology

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posted on 2014-06-19, 13:14 authored by Lewis C.R. Jones, John Tyrer, Nigel Zanker
This paper explores the pedagogy underpinning the use of laser manufacturing methods for the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at key stage 3 design and technology. Clock making (horology) has been a popular project in design and technology (D&T) found in many schools, typically it focuses on aesthetical design elements. This paper describes a new project, which has been developed to enhance the STEM content of a horology project through advanced utilisation of laser cutting machinery. It allows pupils to produce their own products from self-made mechanical timing mechanisms. The central aim is to strengthen the application of the underlying technology of mechanisms and the manufacturing capability of laser cutting technology in D&T. Trials with schools have shown success in gaining pupils’ interest in STEM and provided feedback to improve the project. It has highlighted limits when delivering the engineering and maths content with teachers from non-technology backgrounds. The paper discusses this limitation through subject pedagogy, categorisation of teacher knowledge, and teaching effectiveness through experiential and problem-based learning approaches.

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School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Design and Technology Education: an International Journal

Volume

18

Issue

3

Pages

21 - 34 (13)

Citation

JONES, L.C.R., TYRER, J.R. and ZANKER, N., 2013. Applying laser cutting techniques through horology for teaching effective STEM in design and technology. Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, 18 (3), pp. 21 - 34.

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© The Design and Technology Association

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  • VoR (Version of Record)

Publication date

2013

Notes

This article was published in Design and Technology Education: an International Journal [© The Design and Technology Association].

ISSN

2040-8633

Language

  • en

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