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New DT Project - WW2 Tanks

This week, the children have started our latest Design Technology project which involves them working in groups of three to design and construct a WW2 tank which can propel a projectile the size of a marble using pneumatics. 

We began the week by discussing what tanks were used for during the Second World War and also learned about why they are constructed with an armour surround and with a cannon which projects from the platform above the wheel base. 

The children then experimented using syringes and plastic tubing to understand how pneumatics can force air through a narrow opening and we talked about a range of equipment which uses this method to cause parts to move. Some of the classes have already worked with the DT equipment and a range of materials to build their wheel base and we will report back next week to show you how they get on.