Teacher ideas – Intelect

Key Info

  • Design and make electrical systems for industrial processes such as food production lines
  • Design and make mechanical systems for industrial processes
  • Design and make structures for industrial processes
  • Clients include Nestle, KP Snacks and Northumbrian Water
  • Huge focus on developing local talent through apprenticeships
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Homework page

We have not been prescriptive and written questions for homework because different teachers might have different reasons for setting it. The idea behind the homework pages is to make them easy to engage with (hence video led) both by a child and their carer. Yes you can ask them to write a response but the conversation in the home is the most important reason for doing it. Verbal feedback is just as good as long as they watched them!

Suggestions for questions:

  • How many different roles are mentioned?
  • Which role would you prefer to do most?
  • Which skills do you have that are mentioned in the video(s)?

Ideas for the Classroom

There are two key areas where Intelect are best used as a context for the classroom. They make mechanical and electrical systems so fitting them into both the D&T and Science PoS works really well.

Example 1: D&T – moving parts

The PoS for KS2 requires a project using pulleys, levers or cams. Creating a rolling conveyor for moving something like a crisp from one place to another is an excellent context that mimics the system that Intelect use. This video below is a VERY basic version that you could use a as stimulus. How can it be made stronger? More permanent? Powered? Some of the LEGO kits like WeDo have projects built in to the app for systems like this:

Example 2: Science – circuits

Intelect design and make electrical systems, ones which often control large processes. This is a great link to creating circuits that can be used as indicator lights. For example, a system of parallel circuits could be used to show the progress along a production line. Each light being turned on by a supervisor as a section of process is complete. The video below explains the basic idea:

The lights can run alongside a process or better still, take a large piece of card and poke the lights and switches through it. This hides all the wires underneath and allows the card to look like a switched light system on a control box. You can even adapt this to include toggle switches that activate when somethings moves over them, making the light system automated. Contact us if you want some help!