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CAD & SolidWorks



Construction Studies - Exploring Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Students of Construction Studies enjoy a rich & varied learning environment throught the various activites that they engage with over a two year course of study. This booklet looks at the three parts of the syllabus and the three examination components.

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Guide to the Student Assignment

An updated version of “A Guide to the Student Assignment” (Design and Communication Graphics) is now available to purchase or download.  The purpose of this document is to offer guidance to both teachers and students on possible approaches to successfully completing the DCG Student Assignment by drawing on the knowledge, experience and wisdom gained from the development of the student assignment to date.  Printed booklets may now be ordered from the PDST and delivered to your school.

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Completing the Engineering Project

These booklets offer guidance to both teachers & students on possible approaches to successfully completing the Engineering - Technology Project / Manufacture/Design.

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New pilot study in schools to run the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CWSA) training and examination

Solid Solutions Ireland are in the process of providing T4 Post Primary schools with the option to become an academic certification provider. This will allow teachers and their students to participate in the online SolidWorks Essentials courses and sit the CWSA exam. Successful teachers and students will be awarded certification as a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CWSA).

As a SOLIDWORKS Academic Certification Provider, schools will agree to offer the CSWA-Academic Exam in a proctored environment. Students passing the CSWA-Academic Exam will receive an electronic certificate listing their certification ID and educational institution name. The certification ID can be verified by schools and employers.

PDST and Solid Solutions Ireland will now begin the process of contacting a select number of schools who expressed an interest in taking part in a pilot study of the CWSA training and exam during the 2016-2017 academic year.

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CAD Computer Specifications

Details of the Computer specifications for CAD Computers available through the DES 2015 hardware grant for schools for use in DCG can be found under the CAD & SolidWorks link on the left of the screen.


Updated Room Layouts

Updated Room Layouts for Post Primary Schools are currently available in both CAD and PDF format from the DES website.


New JC & LC Technology Books

Golden Key Publishers, who published “Technology for Leaving Certificate” in 2015 have informed us that “Technology for Junior Certificate” by Paul Enright will be available in August 2016 .


ICT for teaching & Learning

Example of a flipped learning approach in a Tech Graphics class.