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30 31 WING SPAN FEBRUARY FEBRUARY WING SPAN MAAALogo. Year 8 / 9 Industrial Technologies Design - Delta Dart Project In 2020, the inaugural Industrial Technology Design classes were held at Capalaba State School. Over the year, six classes of 24 students, worked through the construction of the Delta Darts provided by MAAA. The design process starts with a design problem, which then follows through the design stages of Investigation, Generation of ideas, Producing of the ideas and Evaluating. Design is all around us every day in all our activities and it is important for our students to be able to actively think for themselves in any problem-solving activity they endeavour. In this instance the design problemwas: “You have just become a designer for Acme Planes Designs. Acme Planes are requiring a new toy rubber powered aircraft that has an identifiable look that will stand out from the crowd. The rubber powered plane is to have a defined look and be related to the Delta Dart aircraft previously built. The goal that Acme wants is something that stands out and is different fromwhat is currently able to be purchased. You will need to consider what is required of an aircraft to be successful in flight.” The ‘Investigation’ stage of the process includes assembling the original Delta Dart to learn what it takes to produce a rubber powered aircraft and to understand how it flies successfully. Doing these allowed students to produce a design criterion of what was required in the new version. Questions are also formed about what is unknown so that they can be answered throughout the process as part of the evaluation. The ‘Generating ideas’ stage of the project was to research other types of shapes and airframes that are currently being used. Students sketched up different ideas to come up with a final design idea. The final idea was drawn up in plan format to work with to construct their new version of the Delta Dart. The ‘Producing’ stage used the same components that is given in the Delta Dart kit, giving the students parameters to work around. This included the paper in the kit, balsa, propellers and rubber bands. Students used their plans to produce in the Generation stage of the design to then produce their ideas. The ‘Evaluation’ stage included each aircraft being tested for good points, what could be improved as well as the questions that were written earlier in the process to understand what worked well and what could be improved in their design. The unit of work for the students lasted eight weeks to complete the design process. Every project was different to suit the ideas they then came up with to solve the given design problem. Overall, the students were very excited to see their ideas come to completion to then evaluate. Thank you to MAAA for supplying thematerials to work with the six classes of year 8 and 9 Industrial Technology and Design students. Chris Paterson Industrial Technology and Design Teacher Capalaba State College Some of the aircraft that were designed and created by students at Capalaba State College.