MYP Design - Grade 7

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Summary: 
 
Grade 7 Design students will be challenged to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems. Students will develop further their understanding and use of the Design cycle as methodology of how designers develop products. The process is divided into four stages: inquiring and analyzing; developing ideas; creating the solution; evaluating. This process leads to the creation of solutions that solves a problem. In grade 7 we will be exploring the key concepts of COMMUNICATION, SYSTEMS and COMMUNITY with respect to video as form of communication, textile design traditions and technology used in various communities and cultures. 
 
Units and topics: 
Unit 1 - Packaging Project
  • Logo design principles 
  • Packaging Theory 
  • Net design 
Unit 3 - Textile- sewing 
  • Textile Theory 
  • Sawing techniques Applique, Quilting 
  • Personal and Cultural Heritage 
Unit 2 - Meaning of color (video editing) 
  • Cultural and psychological meaning of color 
  • Video editing Technique 
  • Video as form of communication 
Unit 4 - Wooden box 
  • Resistant Materials 
  • Designing and Manufacturing 
  • Basic marking out, cutting and joining techniques 
Aims: As stated in the MYP Design guide, the aims of MYP Design are to encourage and enable students to: 
  • enjoy the design process and develop an appreciation of its elegance and power
  • develop knowledge, understanding and skills from different disciplines to design and create solutions to problems using the design cycle 
  • use and apply technology effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, model and create solutions and to solve problems
  • develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society and environments 
  • appreciate past, present and emerging design within cultural, political, social, historical and environmental contexts
  • develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems 
  • act with integrity and honesty, and take responsibility for their own actions developing effective working practices. 
Assessment criteria: 
Feedback on and final levels of achievement for assessments are based on four equally weighted assessment criteria 
 
Assessment Criteria 
At the end of year 2, students should be able to: 
Inquiring and Analysing 
  • explain and justify the need for a solution to a problem
  • state and prioritize the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problem independently
  • describes a group of similar products that inspire a solution to the problem
  • develops a design brief, which outlines the findings of relevant research. 
Developing ideas 
  • develop a design specification, which identify the success criteria for the design of a solution
  • presents a range of feasible design ideas, using an appropriate medium(s) and explains key features, which can be correctly interpreted by others
  • present the chosen design and outlines the main reasons for its selection with reference to the design specification 
  • develops accurate planning drawing/diagram and lists requirements for the creation of the chosen solution 
Creating the solution 
  • constructs a plan, which considers the use of resources and time, sufficient for peers to be able to follow to create the solution
  • demonstrate excellent technical skills when making the solution 
  • follows the plan to create the solution, which functions as intended
  • outlines changes made to the chosen design and plan when making the solution 
Evaluating
  • describe relevant testing methods, which generate data, to measure the success of the solution 
  • describes the success of the solution against the design specification based on relevant product testing 
  • outlines how the solution could be improved
  • describes the impact of the solution on the client/target audience, with guidance. 
Required materials: 
  • Please bring the following materials to every class: 
  • Chargedlaptop 
  • Pencilcase (pencil, pen)
  • Agenda
  • We decided as a class that some ways to be successful in this course are: 
  • To embrace challenges 
  • To accept mistakes and failure and learn from them 
  • To be open to feedback and suggestions 
  • To ask for help when needed 
  • To put best effort and be persistent 
  • To respect ourselves, respect others and take responsibility for our own actions

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