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Design Tech Wishlist

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We can always use cardboard.  If you have any boxes please have your student bring them to school.


Old Legos!  Do you have a plastic bin full of old legos that no one is using?  If so Design Technology can use them to create models of eventual products. 


We are always in need of basic hand tools such as:

  • tape measurers
  • levels
  • hammers
  • screwdrivers


In order to create the types of projects necessary for Design Technology work, we need more specialized materials.  Below are some of the products that come highly recommended from experienced IB Design Technology teachers around the world.


  • InstaMorph for rapid prototyping ($39 for 34oz) x3
    • An advanced modeling compound that becomes moldable when warm (140 deg F) and solidifies at room temperature. It's made out of a lightweight polyester thermoplastic which acts like clay when warm, but when it cools, it's a strong plastic. Unlike other products that once they dry they are locked in that shape forever, InstaMorph can be reheated over and over again and re-molded into any number of configurations.


One of the design projects I would like to execute this year is to construct virtual reality goggles using cell phones (this is a real thing!).  Below are the materials needed to execute this project (working in partners x12):

  1. Cardboard 
    Corrugated cardboard sheet, preferably E Flute (corrugated cardboard comes in a variety of thicknesses called "flutes"), available at many art supply stores and online . For best results, you should look for strong, thin cardboard (sturdy shoe box rather than moving box). Minimum size: 8.75in (22cm) by 22in (56cm), and 0.06in (1.5mm) thickness. Online sources here andhere -- 2 Packs
  2. Lenses 
    This is the trickiest component. Lenses that have a 45mm focal distance might work. Biconvex lenses work best because they prevent distortion around the edges. We used the Durovis OpenDive Lens Kit available here (US) and here (EU). -- X12
  3. Magnets 
    One neodymium ring magnet - like this or this - and one ceramic disk magnet - like this or this. Approximate size: 0.75in (19mm) diameter and 0.12in (3mm) thickness. -- x3
  4. Velcro 
    Two strips of regular strength adhesive-backed velcro. Approximate size: 0.75in (20mm) by 1.25in (30mm). -- x3
  5. Rubber band 
    One rubber band, to prevent the phone from sliding out. Minimum length of 3.2in (8cm).


Another fun project that I would like to complete this year is the Bristle Bot Challenge.  Below is the list of materials for 23 students to complete the activity:


Here are other larger items that would be awesome to have but on the pricy side!


Circuit Scribe -- another great tool that could result in some interesting design projects!


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