Design and Technology KS2: How to make a wheelchair accessible zip wire

Presenters Lauren Layfield and Joe Tracini and The Dengineers team help the kids from Claire House Children's Hospice create a tree-house inspired village den.

They investigate one of the main features, a zip wire that is wheelchair accessible.

To achieve this they have to create a basket shaped cradle that is attached to two wires to stop the cradle from tipping, and keeping it balanced.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to introduce the process of design, and as a prompt for class discussion and learning in areas such as initial research, designing and making a structure.

Pupils could look at other ways they can make the zip wire accessible and enjoyable for all.

They could also investigate other fun activities that could be adapted for extra accessibility.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Design and Technology at KS2 in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd level in Scotland.

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