Design and Technology KS3 / GCSE: Why is testing essential in design and build?

A look at the process for testing the weapons system on a new submarine. An introduction to the vital role of testing and analysis.

Product design has an impact on end users. It is vital to make sure products and materials are fit for purpose.

But how are weapon launch systems tested? What are advanced war games scenarios?

Teacher Notes

Could be used to develop students' knowledge and understanding of testing procedures.

Having discussed and identified the key stages in the testing procedures in the clip, students might be asked to devise a testing procedure for a product that they have made.

The procedure should identify critical points during product development where they checked (or would check) the quality of their work, indicating modifications and improvements to the product and/or the manufacturing process.

This activity might be used at the planning stage of their examination coursework, or other significant design and make projects.

In addition to the role of testing, the clip might be used to provide information, advice and guidance on careers in engineering, and in particular systems engineering.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching KS3 and KS4/GCSE Design and Technology, materials.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.