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Major project Outline: Educational Toys

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Major project Outline: Educational Toys OBJECTIVE 1 - Identification of a Need. 1. Situation - Educational Toys are used in a variety of situations. You need to identify an area where Educational Toys are used and identify a problem that needs to be solved. 2. Analysis of the problem - Write a list of all the things that you think will be important for you to think about when designing and making your Educational Toy. You must at this stage, identify your chosen user group. This must not be you are people of your own age group. The product must be marketable. At this stage you only need to write the questions. You will find out the answers in your Research later. Example questions a Jigsaw:- What theme shall I use? What Jigsaw Puzzles are available? How do children learn? Which colours are attractive to children? ETC. 3. Design Brief - Your Design Brief must state WHAT the Educational Toy will be used for, WHERE it will be used, WHY you consider there is a need for it, WHEN it is likely to be used, WHO will use it and some indication of HOW it might achieve its purpose. ...read more.


It is better to say 'It must cost no more than �3' or 'It must weigh no more than 200 grams'. 4. System of control for production of product - You need to think about how you could make several Educational Toys all exactly the same. Suggest the use of a template, jig or fixture. OBJECTIVE 3 - Generation of Design Solutions. � Make a copy of your Specification, which you can refer to while designing. � Try to develop a good range of different ideas. � Make sure you keep all your design sheets. DO NOT DISCARD ANYTHING. � You need to make references to both the Design Brief and the Specification. � You must write notes on your sketches to explain what you are trying to show. � Your ideas must consider all the factors involved, i.e. construction methods, size, safety, etc. � Add some colour to highlight particular areas of your design. OBJECTIVE 4 - Product development. 1. Carry out an investigation to find out which materials will be the most suitable for your Educational Toy. For example try cutting some softwood, plywood, hardboard, MDF. ...read more.


Show clearly any changes and give reasons for the changes. 5. An accurate orthographic drawing showing all the sizes. OBJECTIVE 5 - Product Planning and Realisation. Make sure that your final product allows you to use a wide range of skills and techniques during manufacture. � Planning � A detailed cutting list showing all the materials, components, tools and equipment you require. � A detailed workplan, clearly explaining each stage of manufacture in a logical order. This should also include a time-plan for the manufacture of your chosen design. OBJECTIVE 6 - Evaluation and Testing. 1. Test Specification - You now need to produce a method of thoroughly testing your final product. This could be some kind of table with questions such as:- Is the Educational Toy fun? Is it colourful? Do the pieces fit together? Is it well made? etc. 2. Evaluation - You must now produce a detailed evaluation of the whole project. You need to refer back to your original Specification, stating whether or not it satisfies all the requirements of it. Use your Test Specification as a basis for this Evaluation. Comment on how effective your jig/fixture was, and how it could be improved. Produce sketches of your final design showing changes, which have been made, and improvements you think could be made. ...read more.

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