Designing a BBQ

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Lead designerElaine Chew

The journey from a good idea to a product is a long fact, some might say the good idea is the easiest part! In this module learners work to design and sell a BBQ, exploring the science behind their product along the way. Pulling in key ideas of heat transfer, the class will explore the most suitable materials, shape and measurements for the perfect BBQ. They will also become more familiar with using G-suites to create an advert which utilises fact and opinion, as well programme a simple budget using spreadsheet formulas. This is the perfect module for any budding business people or learners interested in function and design.
DeliveryLive online
30hr course
Ages 7 - 8
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Learners will understand that identifying bias can help us differentiate between fact and opinion; the properties of a material will determine how useful it is for particular purposes; and design is a process which involves constant change and reflection.
Learners will be able to confidently use G-suite to communicate effectively; and apply an understanding of materials as conductors and insulators in order to design a BBQ.
Learners become more resilient and able to persevere through challenging tasks.
Learning outcomes

Maths and Science

  • Relate the use of materials to their physical properties
  • Identifying, naming and classifying 3D shapes
  • Measuring length and using the appropriate units
  • Reading and interpreting data from picture graph with scales
  • Describing and understanding heat transfer and sources of heat
  • Identifying materials that conduct and insulate heat

Language and Literacy

  • Differentiating between fact and opinion
  • Using imperative verbs
  • Speaking and presenting skills

Technology, Innovation and the Arts

  • Using Google slides to design
  • Developing and using formula in Google sheets


Modules can be delivered in short or long formats

Each module can be delivered in formats of 3 hours a day, or 1.5 hours a day. Importantly, our modules are carefully designed to ensure that even in the 3 hour format, children have a maximum exposure time of 2.5 hours total screen time per day, with a limit of 40 minutes in any one continuous block.

To find out more about how we structure our lesson engagement to foster independence and protect the eyes of our little ones, have a look at our sample camp timetable.