Design and Technology community

Many organisations produce free resources for teachers and learners of design and technology, both online and face-to-face. Use the information and links below to explore what's available.

If you’ve used any resources that you think may benefit others, please let us know by emailing dandt@aqa.org.uk

IET Faraday

Visit the IET Faraday website to browse their collection of online teaching resources including curriculum-linked classroom activities and posters, films of engineering case studies, engineering profiles, and interactive games and quizzes.

There's also careers information, plus all the info you need to apply to take part in the annual Faraday Challenge Day – an engineering-based competition for schools.

IET Faraday website

Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering is committed to engaging school and college students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing resources and training for teachers.

Visit their website to learn more about their educational programmes and curriculum resources, read engineering case studies and more.

Royal Academy of Engineering website

STEM Learning

STEM Learning is the largest provider of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK.

Visit their website to browse their catalogue of continuing professional development (CPD), and view and download free resources. Join their design and technology communities or find out more about how you can work with a STEM Ambassador or start a STEM Club.

STEM Learning website

VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics create tools to inspire students to choose STEM-related career paths. Their robotics-creation platforms combine design, build, programming and problem-solving skills that are relevant across all Key Stages.

Their two core product lines – VEX IQ (Key Stages 2 and 3) and VEX EDR (Key Stage 3 upwards) allow students to:

  • develop robot systems in CAD software using free digital resources
  • design and make their own parts using CNC or 3D printing
  • use a system of electronics to create autonomous or user-controlled robots
  • get experience in Python and C++.

They have a free UK-mapped curriculum across Key Stages 2 and 3, and they run regional, national and international student competitions.

VEX Robotics website