MYP Design - Grade 9

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Summary:
Grade 9 Design students will be challenged to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems. Students will use the design cycle as a tool, which provides the methodologyfor problem-solving and project management.Over the academic year students complete units that cover all aspects of Design through the Design Cycle, ultimately creating practical solutions to solve design problems. The tools, equipment, techniques and resources that are used vary depending on the specific unit. The main skills are 2D & 3D drawing, digital and product design, product design development and digital design development. In all units of work, students are asked to identify important aspects of a problem and develop creative and innovative solutions. The Design course is designed to create a balance between the learning of skills, and the acquisition of knowledge and techniques. Overall the main aim is to encourage curiosity, ingenuity and resourcefulness.In grade 9 we will be exploring the key concept of systems with respect to digital communication and resistant materials.
 
Units and topics:
Unit 1 – Mechanical toy
  • Graphical communication
  • Resistant Materials 
  • Mechanical systems
Unit 2 – Design for a company
  • Market and trends
  • Marketing pack
  • Principles of good design
Aims:  As stated in the MYP Design guide, the aims of the teaching and study of design are to empower and inspire 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 4, students should be able to:
 
A
 
Inquiringand analyzing
  •  explain and justify the need for a solution to a problem for a specified client/target audience
  •  identify and prioritize primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problem
  •  analyse a range of existing products that inspire a solution to the problem
  •  develop a detailed design brief, which summarizes the analysis of relevant research.
 
B
 
Developing ideas
 
  •  develop design specifications, which clearly states the success criteria for the design of a solution 
  •  develop a range of feasible design ideas, which can be correctly interpreted by others 
  •  present the chosen design and justify its selection 
  •  develop accurate and detailed planning drawings/diagrams and outline the requirements for the creation of the chosen solution.
 
 
C
 
Creating thesolution
  • construct a logical plan, which describes the efficient use of time and resources, sufficient for peers to be able to follow to create the solution 
  • demonstrate excellent technical skills when making the solution 
  • follow the plan to create the solution, which functions as intended 
  • fully justify changes made to the chosen design and plan when making the solution a. present the solution as a whole
 
D
 
Evaluating
  • design detailed and relevant testing methods, which generate data, to measure the success of the solution 
  • critically evaluate the success of the solution against the design specification 
  • explain how the solution could be improved 
  • explain the impact of the solution on the client/target audience
Required materials:
  • Please bring the following materials to every class:
  • Charged laptop
  • Pencil case (pencil, pen)
  • Notebook
Students are encouraged to:
  • 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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