Art and Design / DT KS2: Designing packaging for soft fruit using 3D software

Engineer Marie Adeyemi helps a team of children to research and design some packaging for raspberries using 2D and 3D design software.

They discuss the purposes of packaging, and look at the pros and cons of different existing designs.

One group model an idea for a new design out of plasticine, and use 3D modelling software to convert it to something a 3D printer can produce.

While the other group uses 2D design software to design a net shape for the box.

They work together to get the measurements for both designs right, decorate their box and get feedback on their design.

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

The clip could be used to introduce and support the delivery of a designing, making and evaluating project for children to develop suitable packaging for soft fruit.

It could stimulate a class discussion on evaluating packaging, and designing and making processes.

Sections of the clip can be used to increase children’s technical knowledge of the use of Computer Assisted Design (CAD) and 3D printing to develop packaging.

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 portable bird hide for children to use at a nature reserve
How to design and make a moving shop window display
How to design a nightlight for a toddler
How to design and make a rainwater harvester
How to design and make a swimming bag