:: Sustainable Design Award
What's SDA all about?
SDA is a freely available scheme for students and teachers that is intended
to help bring issues of sustainability into mainstream designing and making at
AS and A2 level
Exam boards have given greater emphasis to issues of environmental, economic
and social sustainability in all parts of their syllabuses in recent years. The
scheme offers teachers support in dealing with these issues, especially in
relation to product analysis and major projects.
It can be integrated into students coursework for either AS or A2 level.
It provides an opportunity for students to work on genuine case studies and
product analyses within a wide variety of contexts, some northern hemisphere
based, others southern, all of which have sustainability issues at their heart.
It is a scheme to help students explore environmental, economic and social issues
in Design & Technology and to help them see that all designing and making
involves making moral judgements.
It is an award available in product design, food technology, textiles
technology, graphics and systems and control.
It has already been undertaken by teachers in over 400 schools in England and
Wales whose students take AS and A2 level D&T with any of the four supporting
examination boards AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC.
It is supported by DATA, DFID, EC, National Endowment for Science, Technology &
the Arts (NESTA), Dyson, the Countryside Commission for Wales and the Esmee Fairbairn
Its main partners are Practical Action, the
Centre for Alternative Technology, Loughborough University and the Amstel
How do teachers get involved?