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Form 4 GCSE Design and Technology pupils visit Science and Design museums in London

27th September 2022

Form 4 GCSE Design and Technology pupils recently visited the Science and Design museums in London to experience first-hand how science directly links to design.

Elizabeth Smith, Teacher of Design and Technology, tells us more:-

“The day started by calling into the vast and impressive Science Museum, where the pupils experienced exhibitions including Energy Hall, Making The Modern World and Our Future Planet. The pupils were seen to be in awe of the extensive and expansive collection showcasing, not only historical and current scientific and technological advancement; but also showing how future technologies can help tackle some of the problems facing today’s world.

At the Design Museum the pupils immersed themselves in the ‘World of ASMR’ in the ‘WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD’ exhibition. Through interactive and hands-on displays the pupils had first-hand experience of how our senses influence design. A particular favourite was the ‘Meridians Meet’ section which invited pupils to interact with a collection of tactile materials, microphones and each other to explore how the sound of products can affect our thoughts and feelings.

After emerging from the world of ASMR the day ended with pupils having time to explore the museum’s collection of iconic pieces of design in their ‘Designer, Maker, User’ exhibition. This allowed pupils to see first-hand pieces of work by designer’s including Marcel Breuer, Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Starck and Dieter Rams and gain inspiration for their own work from a variety of different design disciplines.

All too soon the return coach to Oakham beckoned and as one pupil put it ‘an inspirational outing to explore different sensory experiences’ was over, but the journey of GCSE Design and Technology has just begun.”

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