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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Ergonomics Task sheet 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. People who work in ergonomics study a place, such as a school or classroom, and make it better by designing new products or ways of doing things. For example, in school you spend a lot of time sitting and writing, so we can use ergonomics to design things like the chairs that you sit on and the things you write with. Aim In this workshop you will work in pairs to investigate how ergonomics enriches the classroom through the design of different products, specifically looking at solutions for seating and writing. One half of the pairs in the workshop will complete Part 1a and the other Part 1b. If there is time, you can swap over. If there isn’t enough time to complete both, your session leader will put you into a group with someone from the other half of the workshop so you can share what you have investigated. You should make notes as you go through this workshop as you will need to share your findings with your teammates. Part 1a: Seating solutions 1 Perform a desk check with a partner using the Seating risk assessment Fact file. These assessments are carried out in workplaces on a regular basis to ensure that the equipment and furniture provided is suitable for each member of staff. 2 There are many types of seating now available, including yoga balls and chairs with different arm or back rests. In some cases seating has been replaced by ‘standing desks’. Using internet research, make a list of the types of seating available and why they may be used. 3 Is there a type of seating that you would recommend for your partner?
Part 1b: Writing tools 1 There are lots of different writing tools available. Get your partner to try out the different pens and writing tools. Ask them questions about what they like and dislike in different pens, what they find more comfortable, and what they would like in a writing tool. 2 Using the materials provided by the session leader, design a new grip for a pen for your partner. Start with a sketch and then make a model. You can do this using an existing pen as a base. Design Test