Design and Technology KS2: Inspiration for inventions

Fran Scott discovers how inspiration for an invention can be drawn from everyday problems.

She meets the young inventors of two products that have helped solved common problems.

Fran meets Mark Wemyss-Holden, who invented the ‘isosketch’, which helps people draw 3D shapes, and Jyoti Chadda and Monique Anderson, who invented a handy nail painting mat.

This clip is from the series You Too Can Be an Absolute Genius.

Teacher Notes

Using the clip as a stimulus, students could work in groups to pinpoint problems they face in everyday life.

They should then discuss which they feel can be addressed, and how.

These ideas should be presented to the whole of the class before voting is carried out to decide on the best ideas.

This could be used as a simple exercise in generating and sharing ideas, or could be continued into a longer design and manufacture project for a real product.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Design & Technology at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd level in Scotland. Appears in AQA/OCR/EDEXCEL/CCEA/WJEC/SQA.

More from You Too Can Be an Absolute Genius:

Developing ideas for inventions
Testing inventions
The importance of persistence when inventing
What is an invention?
What is an inventor like?
What makes a good inventor?