Typically completed by 10-14 year olds, students work collaboratively on a five hour project or challenge in self-managed groups. During the project, they use a CREST Discovery passport to record and reflect on their work. Afterwards, students communicate their findings as a group presentation.
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Workshop 3: Ergonomics Overview and background Ergonomics is an area of science that designs products and systems with the needs of the user in mind, by combining fields such as human biology and engineering. You can see the results of this in the chairs that you sit on and the tools you write with. An important contribution that people working in this field make is to improve an environment, such as a school or classroom, by studying it and then designing new products or ways of doing things. For example, in school you spend a lot of time sitting and writing. In this workshop students will work in pairs to investigate how ergonomics is used to design seating and writing products. Aim One half of the pairs in the workshop will complete Part 1a and the other Part 1b. If there is time, swap the groups over. If there isn’t enough time for this then around 10 minutes from the end of the workshop you can make up groups containing one pair that completed part 1a and another that did part 1b; they can then share what they have learned with the other pair. Example images of different types of seating and pens are provided. A set of pen grip examples can also be supplied to be used if students are struggling to get started with their grip design. Part 1a: Seating solutions Provide each person with the Seating risk assessment. They will then assess their partner whilst sitting at a computer desk (a desk without a computer would also be fine). The second task involves internet research, so they should be able to access laptops or another computer resource. Part 1b: Writing tools Provide a range of different types of pens for each pair to investigate. They are asked to identify differences between them before going on to design a new grip for a pen. 14
You will need to provide: 1 Writing materials 2 Selection of pen types for comparison 3 Materials for designing a pen grip, for example modelling clay 4 Access to computers for internet research You will need to print: 1 Task sheets (1 per pair) 2 Seating risk assessment (1 per pair) 15