Design and Technology KS2: How fibreglass can be used to make solid structures

Presenters Lauren Layfield and Joe Tracini and The Dengineers team help rugby fan Will from Cambridge transform his den into a giant rugby ball.

They investigate how you create the oval shape for something as big as a den; using plywood to create the skeleton of the ball, and covering the structure in wood and fibreglass.

They describe the unique properties of fiberglass that allow it to be waterproof, strong and flexible; perfect for creating a rugby-ball-shaped den.

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. They could investigate the different properties of fibreglass. What are the advantages of using this material?

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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