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NTU Design Technology Workshop - Concrete Mix And Make

On Wednesday the 8th of June our very own Tim Goodman went to Nottingham Trent University with a small group of Design and Technology Teachers for a day designed to help them drive ideas forward.

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The Design Technology Workshop was hosted by Nottingham Trent University's Kerry Truman and began with a briefing on all the different opportunities there are at NTU for such learning.

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They were led down in to the workshops where they were given the opportunity to make a clock from concrete. Dr Concrete has spent a number of years looking at different ways of using this surprisingly malleable and versatile product.

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He explained how they change the mixes to achieve different finishes and strengths. Later in the day we saw how a number of these different types of mixes were used in the Students final year projects.

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Whilst the clocks were left to set Phil Wickham from Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford went through a project that he has done with his year 7’s using a Kitronik Mono Amp kit and a moulded concrete cup to make a speaker system.

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A tour of the extensive design facility followed which is nothing short of a very impressive mix of the ever useful old faithful machines and brand new technology that industry leaders would be proud to boast of.

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As a close to the day everyone went to look around the Final Years design show. Everything was showcased there from product design to fashion. There was a lot of talent on display at NTU's design show and I am sure the students responsible will go on to do great things in the future.

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I would like to thank Kerry Truman and Nottingham Trent University for a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day, but as you can see, it's now time to pack some orders!

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