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Design Technology: Mechanical Toys

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Mechanical Toys Design Technology software and VLE SCORM resource supports the teaching of KS2 and KS3 Mechanical and Moving Toy themed projects.

This easy-to-use resource is perfect for whole class DT whiteboard teaching and individual study. Focus on Mechanical Toys is available as an installable Windows program and as part of the online Focus DT Resource Pack.

Windows software single user licence: £29.95
Windows software site licence: £99.95
online version 1 year whole school licence: £36.00
Basic Principles of Mechanisms Structured to encourage students of all abilities to conduct their own investigations into the basic principles of mechanisms, this simple-to-use learning aid includes sections covering: Mechanical Toys
  • Types of motion
  • Cams and followers
  • Levers and linkages
  • Pulley systems
  • Gear systems
  • Technical vocabulary
Compatible with: Focus has version available for Windows, Mac, iPad and Android devices. .
Educational Models Combining these topic areas with detailed analyses of 21 real-life automata, Focus on Mechanical Toys delivers a comprehensive educational package that's equally useful as a teaching aid, learning resource or research tool.

Interactive Animations High quality 3D animations are available in addition to the photographic images, written descriptions and videos of each toy's mechanical structure. At the click of a button the internal mechanism of each model can be revealed. gardener
  • Users control:
  • Viewing angle of each animation
  • Speed of animation
  • Direction of motion Each animation can be paused at any time and the on-screen image copied and pasted into a word processing or DTP program for inclusion in students' design folders.
2D integrated Graphics Module wizard Focus on Fairground Rides has a built in 2D drawing program to help students design and decorate their own rides. The program comes with a library of pre-drawn images that can be edited to suit individual needs, saved and printed out for use as templates. Images are fully scalable, with no loss of detail, and can be exported for use in other programs.

A set of tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw different shapes and use the program.
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