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Engineering GCSE Double Award - help on hydraulics/pneumatics

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by qnaza76, May 7, 2012.

  1. Hi all
    I teach Engineering Double Award GCSE, and we are doing the Unit 1 exam soon and have been working on the Unit 2 Controlled Assessment, focussing on Mechanics, mainly the can crusher theme. Everything's going ok so far.
    Problem comes for next year... we don't have a very strong Electronics area in our school, so that would leave us with Pneumatics/Hydraulics, which I know NOTHING about! Does anyone have any experience teaching that side of the GCSE, and does anyone know of any good INSET in pneumatics and hydraulics? I really am concerned about delivering this side of things.
    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Hi all
    I teach Engineering Double Award GCSE, and we are doing the Unit 1 exam soon and have been working on the Unit 2 Controlled Assessment, focussing on Mechanics, mainly the can crusher theme. Everything's going ok so far.
    Problem comes for next year... we don't have a very strong Electronics area in our school, so that would leave us with Pneumatics/Hydraulics, which I know NOTHING about! Does anyone have any experience teaching that side of the GCSE, and does anyone know of any good INSET in pneumatics and hydraulics? I really am concerned about delivering this side of things.
    Thanks for any help.
     
  3. Spencer_DT

    Spencer_DT Occasional commenter

    Hi there, can I ask how many students will be taking the course? Could you not buy/get hold of a portable system/electronics bench, then no need for hydraulics?
    Cheers
    Spencer
     
  4. Simple Pneumatics is nothing to be concerned about. You can construct a simple circuit using SAC's and DAC's with 3/5 port valves. Have a look on www.wisc-online.com Go to learning objects, technical and find Engineering, plenty of flash objects on there to play with.
     

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