Two year 8 students describe their functional modelling of their designs for organisers.
Will my design for an organiser work?
Student 1: Well, functional modelling is, it’s like a test. So you test to see if the things are right for the purpose and to see if, say you were making a pocket, you want to see if what you’re going to put in the pocket actually fits in there.
Student 2: My organiser’s for my horse gear. Well, I talked to my Mum and Dad about what I should do it on, and they gave me lots of ideas. Mum told me to think about plaiting bands, and Dad told me to think about brushes and combs and fly spray bottles.
Student 3: We had to do three designs in our books.
Student 2: We did a drawing of our functional model and we worked out what colours we would have and where the pockets would go. We drew up a draft copy of a real size of our organiser and then we traced around that with tracing wheels and cut out some patterns of the pockets. The next stage of the modelling is making functional models of our zip pockets and our extra things that are going on before we do it in our real fabric. From my functional modelling of my pocket, I learnt that I need to really take my time, and use correct measurements, and not to rush it.
Student 1: Well it’s important to do it for our organiser because we need to check if the things we are going to put in our pockets fit in there, and if we need to make any modifications, we need to do that. And we also need to see if, in case a pocket is too big for, to see if it’s actually going to fit on the background of the organiser.
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