Friday, July 15, 2011


ATTRIBUTES: These describe the physical (what it is like) and functional (what it will do) characteristics of a product. These characteristics are key or essential for the successful function of a product and should be re- evaluated at each stage of the design process.

With your sign in mind, complete the following attributes table:
AttributeMethod of MeasurementSpecificationeg. Eye catchingsign will appeal (be noticed) by stakeholdersSign must be clear, stand out and be creativeSizeSmall/Medium/LargeBig enough to fit words/images.Easy to readColourAppealingStand out/ReadableCreate awareness (e.g. clear message)
clear messageDurable/ Weather resistant
sign must be made out of strong cardboardIdeal location (in the right area)
must be in the street or breeze
Brief Development: 1st Brief

Conceptual Statement:
(What is the concept or idea behind your design brief? e.g “To produce a sign with a message that helps eliminate the issue of...”)

“To produce a sign with a message that helps eliminate the issue of running in the
(The measurable must haves ie. the things that are important to designing an effective sign e.g. sign must be easy to read etc...)

1. Bright
2. Easy to read
3. Stands Out
4. Big enough to see and read
5. Creative
6. Specific
7. Strong enough/Lasts Long
8. Clear
(Musts that are beyond my control e.g. Must be completed by the end of the term)

1. Project is due in week 7
2. Sign has to have a clear message
3. The sign must help to solve the problem in the school
(things I need to make the sign)
* Metal
* Paint
* Cardboard
* Paper

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Planning Log

Planning Log

Keep a record of both what you intend to do and what you did over the course of the next 3 weeks as we work through the Technology Process.

Week 5Week 6Week 7
What I plan to doBrainstorm IssuesResearch question ideas for signsplanning log, make signs
Materials I will needPaper,Pen,IdeasGoogle Docs Questions
People/Sources I need to consult for more information.Peers/Friends/Yourself/TeachersPeers/Friends
Year 7 & 8 kids

What did you find difficult and why?Get more ideas for a good signAnalyse the data check the answers
What I will do next as a result of any difficulties.


The Stakeholders are the people who have an effect on the production of your product

The Primary Stakeholder is your client ie. the person or community of people that your sign is going to be created for. eg. ….

Wider Community Stakeholders:Key Stakeholders:Primary Stakeholder:
Year 7/8

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Designing A Sign

Names of people in my group: Mauina, Muii and Sharon

Your task is to design a sign that will clearly assist in eliminating a problem within our school.

- Make sure you are clear what the task is.
- Can you identify the key words in this task (highlight them and discuss it with a buddy)

Thinking about signs and signage (Make a list of all the signs you have seen ….. and the purpose of the sign )
'Type of sign'Purpose of the sign:
‘No Smoking’Keep a free smokefree area. No smoking in inside.
‘Give Way’Traffic sign. Look out for traffic. E.G: Cars/Trains/Buses.
Slow Down’Near pedestrian crossing. Traffic sign.
Chewing’No chewing in school grounds.
Littering’No throwing rubbish around our community. Keep area nice and tidy.

Brainstorm some Ideas/ problems that we have around our school environment.

*Chewing inside school grounds
*Throwing rubbish around the school not putting it in the bin.
*Spitting, Children could stand on the spit.
*Kicking on the courts when we are not aloud to.
*Running inside classrooms


You need to think and expand on your answers, one sentence is not sufficient.

What is your issue in our school?

Who does it affect?
Mr Malloy, Mr Burt, Teachers.

Why is it happening in our school?
Kids walk and eat, Don’t care, Not putting rubbish in the bin, Lazy.

When does it happen?
Play time , Lunch time , Before and After school.

Where is it happening?
Street, Around the school, Outside classrooms.

What needs to happen to prevent this issue?
Bin It , Signs, More Talking/ Punishments/Consequences, Monitors, More bins.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Term 2 Highlights

This term has been very educational because we learn something new everyday. My highlights of this term was Taonga time, Soccer and Hip Hop.

My favourite subject that I most enjoyed this term was sports. What I liked about sports was soccer. Our coach was Mr Harris and he taught us how to play soccer properly, how to throw a ball in from the outside and how to kick the ball if we wanted to kick a short pass.

It was the day for us to play soccer. We were all so nervous when we got there. The teams we versed was Ellerslie, Churchill Park and Panmure district. They were very competitive but in the end it was a good game. We came second in our pool and were very proud of our place that we came.

Every Friday this term we get to do Taonga time. I’m with Ms Va’ afusuaga and we do sports, but when it it’s raining we play on rugger-land with our netbooks. Rugger-land is a website about sports. There is rugger-land maths, sports games, what’s in rugger’s room and heaps more. We also get to enter a competition about netball. We have to create a poster about netball, the judges get to

After school I go to my hip hop practices for glee. I like going to practices because I like learning new dance moves. Our dance technicians are kids from Tamaki College called Esther, Pa, Ma and Harmony. They are teaching us their bring it on dance and an S&M dance that they performed in one of our assemblies. The T.C students teach us difficult moves, so we have to practice and practice it until we get it right. I like hip hop because on the last week of school we get to perform to the whole school.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Tamaki Technology

Before 8:30am all the year 7 & 8 students assemble into the street to get ready for Tamaki tech. We strolled down to Tamaki College and went to our technology classes. There are 5 different technology classes: Science, Electronics, Graphics, Wood work and Food tech (my favourite).

I’m in Science and my teacher is Mr Duwan. He teaches us interesting things like what’s in our body, temperatures, different kinds of acids chemicals and much more. The topic I enjoyed the most was temperatures of melting ice.

Today we learned about temperatures for melting ice. The equipment we used was goggles, bunsen burner, thermometer, tripod, mat, stop watch, measuring cup, an ice cube and matches. We had to find out the temperature of the water every minute as it was sitting on the bunsen burner. We were trying to find out at what temperature ice melts.

I really enjoyed been in the Science class and I can’t wait to go to the other technology classes.