Designing and making fairground rides is a real challenge but it’s very worthwhile.
There are lots of fantastic opportunities for individual work and teamwork.
The topic covers a wide range of DT skills and knowledge.
There’s a lot to consider in terms class management and use of resources!
One way to tackle the project is to employ two basic methods of construction which allows the creation of a basic supporting structure and a moving platform or turntable. All of the students are shown how to make and join the basic elements of the structure and how to assemble the motor unit and then they are allowed to continue with their own design ideas. In this way the less able can all achieve a basic rotating ride such as a carousel and the more able can produce more complex rides with several forms of motion.
There’s even the possibility of computer control of the final product!