The Design and Technology Department is headed by Mr A White and has three full time members of staff. Visiting speakers, visits to industry, design studios and exhibitions, and to advertising and marketing companies, help the department to cover aspects of the course in detail. The department has a well equipped design studio with Computer Aided Design equipment and networked computers for word processing and the application of other computer based work. The workshops are also well equipped and provide an excellent environment for working with a wide range of materials and processes, and recently acquired C.A.M. machines.
Monmouth School is a member of an Arkwright Scholarship Scheme for Independent and maintained Schools for sixth form students studying Design and Technology who aim to pursue careers in Engineering, Industrial Design, Design and Technology, or other related fields. In recent years five Monmouth boys have gained these scholarships. The Arkwright name is taken from the 18th century inventor and founder of the factory system, who profoundly influenced industrial growth in Britain during the Industrial Revolution.
On the first Sunday of the Michaelmas half term, a hardy group of 12 Sixth form students left Monmouth early in the morning for the long journey to Goodwood racecourse in West Sussex. For a location synonymous with horses and speed, the group was more focussed on electric horsepower and four wheels rather than one horse power with four legs. Goodwood was the host for this year’s national final of the Greenpower Formula 24 and Formula 24+, and the group was on a fact finding mission. Greenpower is a national competition for those pupils who have an interest in Engineering, possibly with a view to studying a related course after A levels, and it allows pupils to design, build, test and race a battery electric powered vehicle. The group would welcome any input from anyone with expertise in the fields of electrical or automotive engineering as they need to design and build their car from scratch. See http://www.greenpower.co.uk/about/ for more information.
Students study Design and Technology as part of the core curriculum in the first, second and third forms (years 7-9). During these three years, they embark upon a wide variety of problem-solving design projects such as the making of a “steady hand game”.
Follow this link to view a video showcasing the Art and Design Technology facilities available at the School.
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