Year 8 - The Display Stand Project
· To support the display surface (a) at a minimum height of a
100mm from the table top (b).
· An adjustable pivot (c) should allow the display surface to
be moved at a variety of angles.
· The supporting stand or structure should be strong enough to
support the weight of the display surface.
Programmes Of Study References
2b Apply skills, knowledge and an understanding from the programmes of
studies of other subjects, where appropriate, including art, mathematics
3d Consider the needs and values of intended users and develop criteria
for their design to guide thinking and form a basis for evaluation;
3b Use design briefs to guide design thinking;
3c Develop a specification for their product;
3f Consider the aesthetics, function, safety, reliability, and the cost
of their designs;
3g Take account of the working characteristics and properties of the materials
and components when deciding how and when to use them;
3l Evaluate their design ideas as these develop, bearing in mind the users
and the purposes for which the product is intended, and indicate ways
of improving their ideas.
4a use a range of processes to shape and form materials, including forming
by wastage, attachment, adhesion and combining;
4b Select materials, tools and equipment appropriate to the task;
4c Select and use appropriate methods of shaping and forming materials
4j Evaluate their products as these develop, including testing performance
against specified criteria;
4k Implement improvements they have identified and take ongoing action
to ensure that their products meet the specification and their original
7a To recognise and use structures in their products;
7b That excessive loads can cause structures to fail by buckling, bending,
7c To use simple tests to determine the effects of excessive loads;
7d To devise suitable methods to reinforce their structures and relate
these and other techniques to familiar structures;
7e To understand that forces, such as compression and tension, produce
different effects, and to take account of these in making their products;
Technical Knowledge and Understanding Needed
· Structures theory. Tension Compression, Stability, Rigidity,
Strength, Bending, Shearing, Triangulation, Ties and Struts.
· Card modeling to create and test beams.
· Material properties and strengths.
Tools and Equipment Needed
· Thick card Drill bits Coping saws
· Paper Pillar drill Hole saws
· Lollipop sticks Tenon saws Router
· Paper fasteners Hand files Mortiser
· Scissors Glass paper Screws
· Glue Contact adhesive Screw caps
· Weights P.V.A wood-glue Forstner pattern drill bits
· Fishing wire V.F.P
· M.D.F Vacuum forming machine
· Pine Sanding discs
· Theorems to work out forces.
· Theorems to work out forces and loads.
· Properties of materials.
Year 8 - Structures (Display Stand)
Pupils are expected to create a simple display stand. The finished item
must show that they have considered support, strength and structures.
Setting The Task
Most items / constructions that are man-made have been designed with
the safety of the user being the main concern. For the object to be safe
it has to be structurally strong.
1. To understand basic structures considerations - Tension, Rigidity,
2. To make paper structures to test and hold weights.
3. To understand Basic structures considerations - Bending, Shearing,
4. To make card beams sections, test with weights, put results into a
chart and draw own conclusions.
5. Draw Pub Sign; examine how to support sign with tension and compression.
Make model of sign.
6. Produce Brief and Initial ideas for display stand make stand.
7. Homework's- Write up experiment results, Presentation Drawing, Cutting
lists, Research woods.
· To acquire knowledge of structures. Aesthetics
· To understand the importance of structures in society. How structures
can be a feature of
· To understand the properties strength of materials. A product.
Nature of The Project
· To understand how man has created artificial structures
And where he has considered the safety of the user.
The Nature Of The Product
· To make theory notes- Tension, Rigidity, Stability and Strength.
· Examine strength of wood along grain and against grain.
· To make paper structures to test and hold weights.
· To make theory notes - Bending, Shearing, and Triangulation.
· To make card beams sections, test with weights, put results into
a chart and draw own conclusions.
· Draw Pub Sign; examine how to support sign with tension and compression.
Make model of sign.
· Make triangulation model with lollipop sticks and paper fasteners.
Introduce struts and ties.
· Produce Brief and Initial ideas for display stand make stand.
· Homework's- Write up experiment results, Presentation Drawing,
Cutting lists, Research woods.