Technology

Technology at Queen Elizabeth's School seeks to engage pupils in the field of engineering through a series of theoretical and practical experiences; we seek to encourage pupils to question the man-made world around them and to consider how it can be made better. Technological skills are developed through analysis of existing products, manufacturing skills-based activities, testing of products and materials and project work.  Computing and ICT is developed throughout the Technology course as both digital literacy and programming activities.

Group projects, discussions and analysis are a valued element in teaching and learning in Technology. At Key Stage 3, Technology takes a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based approach; pupils develop their skills in design, problem solving, manufacturing and testing.  The Technology curriculum delivers a challenging design based provision and also introduces pupils to working with Food. Pupils are taught a variety of food preparation and cookery skills in our fully-equipped teaching kitchen. In Key Stage 4, pupils study the OCR Product Design specification. This course develops pupils’ practical engineering skills with challenging manufacturing tasks whilst also allowing them the scope to explore wider design contexts such as engineering for the developing world or designing for people with disabilities.

There are a variety of exciting extra-curricular opportunities open to young engineers in Technology.  At Key Stage 3, our Bio-Animation, programming, robotics and 3D printing lunchtime clubs focus on enthusing pupils about engineering and designing. Pupils are encouraged to enter national competitions, for example the Shell Bright Ideas Challenge and VEX robotics. There are also Technology clinics to offer pupils additional support.

Technology in the Sixth Form offers pupils the opportunity of taking part in the EDT Engineering Education Scheme; this scheme involves a team working with an engineering company on a real-world brief. Pupils begin by producing and testing concepts, developing their ideas to ensure problems are addressed, and finally presenting their ideas to the company board and a panel of engineering professionals at a celebration day.

The Technology department also promotes the Arkwright Scholarships scheme, which aims to encourage high-ability 15 and 16-year-old students to take up engineering or technological careers by awarding scholarships during their A Level studies.

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15/08/2017 - A great podium finish! Boys’ safety device wins national safety award

A safety device developed by a team of Sixth Form engineers has won a national construction industry award – and was only pipped for the top prize by a multi-million pound project sponsored by British Airways.

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14/06/2017 - More bright ideas! QE among the winners in national competition for second year running

QE has maintained its strong record of success in a national team competition that challenges young people to devise innovative ways of powering the cities of the future.

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10/05/2017 - QE team reach last five at national finals of engineering competition

A QE team which designed a helmet aimed at saving construction workers’ hearing from damage were among the national engineering prize-winners at The Big Bang – the UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair.

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