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Full STEAM Ahead! 

Using Design Technology for making toys with levers and cams



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Imagine… a world of innovative, communicative, collaborative and thoughtful problem-solvers.

Using a range of STEAM projects chosen for our Academy students, the children will:

Research, design, learn about the properties of materials and how to test them, construct, adapt and evaluate to solve problems. Having learnt a range of techniques, the children will identify personal topics of interest for their own research and moving toys. This term we are combining two groups of different age children, working with two teachers to assist and support each other and share their skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Research, design, make and test toys made with levers and cams

  • Design and create a series of photo-boards for operating systems

  • Investigate materials and fabrics and fastenings

  • Design, create and make levers, cams and gears

  • Recycle materials from previous projects

  • Use a range of joining techniques safely and responsibly

  • Work safely with tools


2 hours per week for 8 weeks in Term 4

Target Age

6-8 year olds and 9 -13  year olds


Thursdays 1 - 3pm