Investigation:: NISC DT Lab

Design cycle report about new lab at nisc

Identify the Problem

NISC will be offering Design Technology for an MYP course in the future, but the problem is that NISC currently does not have a lab for design technology.

Design Brief

I have the task to design a new design technology using Google Sketchup

End User + Target Audience

End User: All MYP students at NISC.

Target Audience: Architectures, Construction company, Tool shop

Testing Methods

My design will be presented to 3 classmates, Johnny, Kunwoo and Shane, each representing each architecture firms, hardware shops and Construction company.

The testing will be in form of checklists with comments.

The checklist will be in direct correlation with the Design specifications and the tester will rate as

  • <unsatisfactory>
  • <satisfactory>
  • <good>
  • <very good>
  • <excellent>

The feedback collected will include:

  • suggest 3-5 ways to improvement the product
  • list 3-5 strengths
  • comments about the use of space and layout
  • proficiency of SKETCHUP

Design Specifications

The product must have:
  • Precise, correct and accurate room dimensions
  • Four emergency exits
  • Two main entry points
  • Very good ventilation
  • Maximum natural light
  • Ability to function in the event of a power failure
  • Place for washing hands
  • Emergency shower
  • Eye washing
  • Two first aid stations
  • 1 firehouse and 2 fire extinguishers
  • A place for students to store bags, personal items and project that they are working on
  • Truck loading bay
  • A display area
  • Space for 25 students
  • Tools/machinery and materials for for class tasks that include
a. furniture making (wood)
b. toys for kids (wood)
c. producing a letterbox (metal)

d. key fob making (acrylic)

  • Storage place for wood, metal, paint and acrylic
  • Tool storage
  • Safety equipment and safety equipment storage

Research and Skill Development

To develop my understanding of CAD and classroom design and layout I used to redesign the current ICT lab. The picture is at the bottom. When I made the design, I did not research about the Design Technology classrooms, therefore I have made it look like an ICT Lab.

To develop my understanding and skill of CAD I used SKETCHUP to create a model of the cafeteria. The picture of my model is at the bottom of this page.

I investigated some web 2.0 online tools with my class mates and collaboratively we decided to uses for the design cycle report. (list the other options considered)

To develop my understanding of design technology labs I conducted some research and this is what I discovered...

Classrooms with skylights rather than windows have been studied for several reasons. Windows provide a view, which may be distracting, as well as introduce air quality issues that are not a problem with skylights. A study found that the use of skylights improved test scores in reading by 8.8 points and in math by 12.3 points. This translates to a 19% faster learning rate for reading and a 20% faster learning rate for math. The average elementary school child will increase 1 to 1.5 points per month on test scores in math and reading in a classroom with no daylighting. The same child will improve twice as fast, gaining 2 to 3 points per month in a classroom that includes daylight.

By balancing warm and cool colors, bright and subdued, a pleasing effect can be achieved that will reduce absenteeism in schools and keep the students focused on what the teacher is saying. Test scores go up when children are not in a stark white environment, which can feel sterile and cold

Traditionally, classrooms have had one setup: straight rows of desks facing the front of the classroom. While this keeps attention focused on the teacher, it does not allow for group work or discussion. One study found that students who sat at desks arranged in a circle were more likely to listen actively and participate in discussions, and less likely to withdraw from the group. However, more instances of on-task, out-of-order comments were recorded. In rows, students respond less during discussion, but are also less disruptive. Instances of cheating went up when desks were placed in clusters and down when placed in a circle. When the children can see everything around them, except their neighbor’s paper, when desks are in a circular pattern, they rely more on their own knowledge and that confidence causes test scores to rise when compared with scores when desks are arranged in clusters or rows.


Lisa Heschong (1999), Daylighting in Schools: An Investigation into the Relationship between Daylighting and Human Performance.

Fielding, Randall (March 2006), "What They See Is What They Get: Ten Myths about Lighting and Color in Schools", Edutopia 2 (2): 28–30

Rosenfield, Peter; Lambert, Nadine M.; Black, Allen (February 1985), "Desk arrangement effects on pupil classroom behavior", Journal of Educational Psychology 77 (1): 101–108, doi:10.1037/0022-0663.77.1.101