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GO Talent Designers - Middle

Welcome to our sample lesson for GO Talent: Designers (for middles... year 4 to 6) 

Each week we will have an online meeting of around 30 minutes, to talk about the lesson. The online lesson can be accessed and completed at any time, anywhere. The online lesson will take around an hour to complete.

Let's begin:

Today we are going to focus on what is 'design'? 

Image credit: Design II by Biswajit Das                                       Image credit: Design Sketching by Jordan Hill School D&T dept

These are two examples of design. People have been creating designs since they began.
Design can be defined as the creations of a plan or convention (a way something is done) for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction.

Choose one of these activities to think a bit more about what 'design' means to you... they go from easier to harder. Record your ideas in your Designer's Blog.

This tool is called DETAILS - see the petals of the flower... each petal represents a small piece of information. Use DETAILS to brainstorm what you think is design. Then create a Mindmap of your brainstorm to organise and categorise your ideas. If you need help with how to brainstorm or make a mindmap, please click on the link for help. 

List and/or take photos of designs you use in your day to day life. Organise your list or images in some way in your blog post. Write briefly about how these designs help to make your life easier or harder. Can you think of where the design came from?

This tool is called CHANGES OVER TIME - see how the clock goes from past the present to future? It helps us to think about ... well... how things or ideas have changed, over time! Select something that you think has been designed and find out more about how the current design came about. Make a timeline showing changes in your design.

Here's an example: The chair  
If you read about the history of the chair, you will see there is evidence that chairs have existed since the neolithic period (last stage of the stone age). 

Image credit: Chairs by Peter Merholz attribution and share alike licence.

  This tool is called ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES - see how there are different shapes? These represent different disciplines - areas of learning. This tool helps us to understand how different areas of learning all link together. First, look at a design that you really like and untangle the different disciplines that might have been involved in its creation. Then, take the perspective of ONE disciplinarian to create a new and improved version of the design.

Here's an example: The mobile phone was created from technologies across different disciplines: physics, the study of waves, coding, sociology (the study of people), product design, graphical user interfaces, and many more! You can find out about some disciplinarians: Alexander Graham Bell and Nikola Tesla.  I wonder what a sociologist (someone who studies people and their interactions) would improve about a mobile phone? What would a coder change about a mobile phone?

 Image credit: Lots of mobile phones by Kevin attribution license

And finally today....

I want you to think about what areas of design you think you might be interested in learning about. Record some ideas in your Designer's Blog.