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AQA Textiles Theme

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by mistymoo, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Thank you! Not sure how this will work with the Rainforest theme on the Prep sheet though! I was thinking more fabrics that change colour with heat or microencapsulated for smell but these look like smart not modern. Any other thoughts?
  2. If you look at the AQA resources - although for the Product Design A'level course there is a really good sheet which goes through what are modern and smart textiles. http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/pdf/AQA-2560-W-TRB-SMT.PDF
    I am recommending to my students that smart and ones which are automatically changed due to the environment they are in e.g. due to light, heat, etc.
    Modern fabrics are those which have some input e.g. need to be switched on, have electricity/a battery connected, etc.
    I hope this helps you.
  3. That's the wrong way round. Smart need external influence to react. Modern are micro encapsulated plus stomatex fastskin etc
  4. Thanks for that resource, raelly clarified for me. It was good to see I was thinking on the right lines.
  5. Lucieb40

    Lucieb40 New commenter

    Something a bit different but extremely interesting in the world of fabric construction and development technology.
  6. Micro- encapsulated are also smart rather than modern.
    Smart materials:
    Those which respond to a stimulus dependent on the environment in which they are placed for example; Microencapsulated fabrics, light reactive materials (UV etc). New developments include phase changing materials and microelectronics as well as nanotechnology, although nano- technology can also come under modern materials.
    Modern could include many areas such as industrial and technical textiles as well as performance textiles definitions vary in all books so I teach my students using more specialist headings as modern is a very general term.
  7. I always think of modren as things like kevlar and nomex etc, that don't react as above with smart being thermochromic and e-textiles etc. However I'm worried about the application of this to the design question, for the rainforest theme, smart would seem to make so much more sense and be far more fitting.
    Does anyonbe else think there is a possibly that AQA could have decided that they will put them all under the 'modern' umbrella as it were?
    This is my first year teaching AQA after moving from OCR as I moved jobs, so am still trying to familiarise myself with how they think.
    Thanks :D

  8. I agree about the Kevlar and Nomex bit. No longer teach AQA GCSE as I felt the controlled assessment tasks were not challenging or interesting but used to mark exam papers and moderate coursework for them and in my experience they have a tendency to generalise and be quite vague, so your above suggestion is totally possible. Modern materials is such a broad term and on some websites includes anything even lycra!!! You could ring them and ask for clarification - I did this with the old exam papers a couple of times.

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