International D&T Conference: Shaping a Sustainable Future
At a time when it is not uncommon to hear about established D&T events not happening anymore, it is encouraging to hear when others are planned. Whereas design and technology as a national curriculum subject might have first appeared in England, it is of course very much alive in other parts of the world as well. The international design & technology conference: Shaping a Sustainable Future, taking place between 15th and 17th May 2014 at the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore, is a good example of this. Working with advice from the D&T Association, subject leaders at UWCSEA John Zobrist and Carl Waugh have organised the international event which is aimed at meeting the needs of all those involved in secondary design and technology education in the Asia-Pacific region. UWC is a not for profit worldwide education provider so has kept the conference costs to the absolute minimum. The conference will focus on exploring the latest developments in D&T education from an international perspective. In particular, workshop and seminar sessions will address the issues associated with teaching the subject in the Asia Pacific region.
Richard Green and Andy Mitchell form the D&T Association are providing keynote presentations. Additional keynote speakers include Professor Richard Kimbell, Dr David Spendlove, James Pitt and Torben Steeg, all well known for their significant contribution to the development of D&T education internationally. A wide range of seminars and hands-on workshops are planned including accredited health and safety training. It also gives the opportunity for colleagues to network with those from other schools in the region. Working with Technology Supplies Limited, an exhibition put on by vendors and suppliers of a wide range of D&T resources including machinery will run concurrently. There will also be experts on hand to advise those who may be planning new workshops and D&T facilities.
The conference provides D&T teachers and others involved in education, to hear about what is new, engage in discussion and meet with experts, suppliers and manufacturers of equipment, tools, machinery and other resources. Over the last few years several D&T groups have developed in the region and the network is growing to include teachers in Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, China and Thailand. International schools provide a wide range of courses under the D&T umbrella. The building of sustainable connections and network groups supports curriculum development and associated professional training and support. The D&T Association’s involvement in this conference and the network heralds the start of it offering stronger support for schools worldwide.
The conference programme and details can be found at: https://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/centre/international-design-technology-conference
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