Technology Studies Essay

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1. Background research:
a. The History of Seating (Worksheet 1)`
b. Documenting a Product (Worksheet 2)
c. Ergonomics (Worksheet 3)
Refer to Appendix (1) to view all three worksheets.

Stage 5a (i) Project Proposal – Investigation

Situation
Design and prototype a seat from resistant materials. Your specific user group are Prep and Year 1 students for use during “story time”. Small children can have short attention times; this is worsened when they sit or lie on the floor as they can cooperate more easily with others or relax too much and lose concentration.
Design Brief
Design and construct a seat from resistant materials for Prep and Year 1 students for usage during “story time”. The design should predominantly be functional and must attain the fine balance between aesthetic (desired) and functional (necessary) attributes. This design should be an adaptive design and must have structural integrity and stability.
Situation and Brief Analysis
Design and prototype a seat from resistant and safe materials. Your specific user group are Prep and Year 1 students for use during “story time”. Small children can have short attention times; this is worsened when they sit or lie on the floor as they can interact more easily with others or relax too much and lose concentration.
Design and construct a seat from resistant materials for Prep and Year 1 students for usage during “story time”. The design should predominantly be functional and must attain the fine balance between aesthetic (desired) and functional (necessary) attributes. This design should be an adaptive design and must have structural integrity and stability.
Resistant materials-
The materials that are to be made with must be resistant and sturdy therefore ensuring stability and strength. Additionally, the materials must be safe as the product being made is mainly for students of a younger age i.e. Prep and Year 1 students. Thus, the materials used must be durable and safe to use.

Specific user group: Prep and Year 1 students-
As the design is predominantly aimed at students from Prep to Year 1, the design must be interesting as well as aesthetically pleasing therefore influencing the younger students to ‘hop on’ and use the chair for the right purposes. Additionally, the chair must suit the needs of these young students as they wouldn’t want a boring and dull design meaning that they would not be interested in sitting on your chair.

Lose concentration; is worsened when they sit and lie on the floor-
As a prep or year 1 student, the younger students tend to lose concentration and day dream about things in their lives or their favourite toy that was on the television the other day. Additionally, they get too serious when they’re on the floor therefore losing concentration; students should be able to feel comfortable and well-behaved at the same time. That is why the design must be appropriate (suit the criteria [refer to Criteria to Evaluate Success]) and allow the students to sit on the chair comfortably without losing concentration.

Design should predominantly be functional; fine balance between aesthetic (desired) and functional (necessary) attributes, adaptive design, structural integrity and stability-
As the design must predominantly be functional, it must also have a fine balance between aesthetic and functional attributes. Therefore it must suit the criteria for an excellent aesthetic and functional design. The design must be adaptive meaning that the design must be influenced by your own aesthetic and functional characteristics.

Constraints
The chair (design) must be able to be SKD (semi-knockdown), CKD (complete knockdown), or foldable therefore giving the product a distinct advantage over solid furniture
The chair must be cost saving by the reduction of labour (student does some of the assembly of the chair)
Flat Packing must be considered (the product takes up…