Art and Design / DT KS2: How to design a moving shop window display

Mechanical engineer Abbie Hutty helps a team of children to research, design and make a moving Roald Dahl themed toy shop window display using cam mechanisms.

They consider the purpose of a window display and research mechanical systems, finding out about the types of movement which can be created using different shaped cams.

They brainstorm their ideas, sketch designs and build a prototype, before presenting their finished moving display to the toy shop owner to see if their design meets his requirements.

This clip is from Design Challenge, a series in which groups of children tackle some difficult creative projects with the help of talented young engineers.

Teacher Notes

This clip 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 product.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Art and Design and Design and Technology at KS2 in England, KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland, Design and Technology at KS2 in Wales and at 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from the series: Design Challenge

How to design a nightlight for a toddler
How to design a portable bird hide for children to use at a nature reserve
How to design packaging for soft fruit using 2D and 3D software
How to design and make a swimming bag
How to design and make a rainwater harvester