Exemplar KS3 Projects:

At Key Stage 3 (11-14 approx.) we do a number of projects. We try to give the boys a grounding in Resistant Materials (Wood, Plastic, Metal etc) and Systems & Control (Electronics) before they move on to Product Design at GCSE and A Level.

For example:

  • Y7 – Maze Game – Acrylic (We use this for bench-marking.)
  • Y7 – LED Lamp – CAD/CAM & Electronics
  • Y7 – Money Box – Wood
  • Y8 – PIR/LED Lamp – Electronics plus RM
  • Y8 – Design Movement Clock – CAD/CAM & Acrylic
  • Y8 – Olympic Sculpture – Aluminium
  • Y9 – Cultural Jewellery – CAD/CAM & Pewter
  • Y9 – MP3 Amp plus Case – Electronics plus RM

However I also run some extra-curricular clubs for our G&T students: Formula 3D Racing and the VEX IQ Challenge.

Y7 Project 1: Acrylic Hexagonal / Game / Keyring

We start with some basic skill exercises and a short exam to establish a baseline for progression.



  • Accuracy
  • Perseverance
  • Technique:
  • Cutting Techniques
  • Filing Techniques
  • Finishing Techniques

Y7 Project 2: Design and Make an LED lamp based on a Space Exploration theme.

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Designed by Daniel B.
Designed by Oscar C.
Y7 LED Lamp
Designed by Eddie D.


  • Design
  • 2D Design CAD/CAM
  • Use of the laser
  • Thermo Plastics
  • Soldering
  • Basic Electronics & Circuit construction
  • Exemplar Folder – TBA

Y7 Project 3: Design and make a musical money box (MMB).


Sometimes you’re reminded why you became a teacher: I asked the boys to develop their own learning power through designing/writing  a piece of learning material based on the Musical Moneybox Project. Nearly every one was great but the website produced by Keeran was brilliant! Another piece of fantastic work was the powerpoint produced by Soham. Both of them are to be congratulated and both students put my Y10 students to shame!

Y8 Project 1: Bauhaus Clock

The original Bauhaus image.
Y8 Bauhaus Clock
Y8 Acrylic Bauhaus clock designed by John H.
Bauhaus man
The original Bauhaus image.
Handmade Foamex Bauhaus Clock by Ninthujan K.
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Handmade Foamex Bauhaus Clock by Eddie D.
Y8 Acrylic Bauhaus Clock by Lennon H.


  • Design
  • Foamex Cutting Techniques
  • Foamex Filing Techniques
  • Foamex Finishing Techniques
  • Acrylic Finishing Techniques
  • 2D Design CAD/CAM

Y8 Project 2: Abstract Metal Olympic Trophy

2017 Y8 Olympic Runner
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2017 Y8 Olympic Weight Lifting Trophy designed by Leo B.
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2017 Y8 Olympic Taekwondo Trophy designed by Baekhan S.
Y8 metalwork
2016 Y8 Olympic Ski Trophy designed by John H.


  • Design
  • Mild Steel Cutting Techniques
  • Mild Steel Filing Techniques
  • Mild Steel Finishing Techniques

Y8 Project 3: PIR/LED Lamp



PIR-LED Lamp Students’ Checklist

wiring 2

USB – 10 Ohm Resistor

wiring 1

12V – 33 Ohm Resistor


12V – 10 Ohm Resistor

Info on the 1W LED (PDF)


  • Design
  • Product Analysis
  • TMG
  • Materials/ Processes Research
  • Resistant Materials Research

Y9 Project 1: Pewter Jewellery

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Y9 Pewter Jewellery designed by Luke W.
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Y9 Pewter Jewellery designed by Mahiethan N.


  • Design
  • 2D Design/CAD/CAM
  • Hot Metal Casting Techniques
  • Pewter Filing Techniques
  • Pewter Finishing Technique

Y9 Project 2: MP3 Player




Y9 MP3 Player designed by Mohammed N.The NEW 10W amp will give you great sounds!

Step by Step Build Instructions: 

MP3 Amp – Step by Step 2018 (PDF)

Skills Developed

  • Design
  • PCB Build
  • Soldering Techniques
  • Error Resolution Techniques
  • 2D Design CAD/CAM
  • Acrylic Finishing Techniques