Thursday, 30 January 2014

The difference between boys and girls

Earlier this week I invigilated a mock Product Design GCSE exam. 

Question: Design a child's lunchbox to contain the following items: an apple, a drink, a cereal bar, a savoury snack and a dairy snack. The lunchbox should protect the items but also display them attractively.

The girls all drew very pretty lunchboxes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  They were decorated with pretty pictures or interesting facts.  They spent a lot of time colouring them in and using shading to make them look realistic.

The boys all drew "man boxes".  They were all rectangular with precision drawn compartments.  This was very difficult and involved a lot of rubbing out.  There were dimensions and "not drawn to scale".  They looked very functional. 

Interestingly, a large number of the boys took their jackets off and rolled their sleeves up.  This designing lark is obviously VERY SERIOUS BUSINESS.

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