About DOT Boxes

Each DOT Box is a complete set of 12-14 lesson schemes of work, complete with lesson plans, teaching resources (including pupil activities and worksheets as well as a Power Point presentation) and a supporting guide on the DOT principles.

What the DOT Box does for the Teacher

  • DOT resources equip pupils with problem spotting and problem solving skills.
  • DOT resources are mapped to the new GCSE and A-Level specifications for D&T and have strong cross curricular links.
  • DOT resources are well suited to address STEM learning.
  • Each scheme of work is delivered in a convenient DOT Box that covers 12-14 lessons.
  • DOT schemes of work have been developed by the Department of Engineering and the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge alongside industry professionals.
  • The DOT philosophy is backed up by academic research.

Current and Future DOT Boxes

The DOT Boxes currently available are the Asthma Challenge and Inclusive Salt and Pepper.  Each takes on a real-world problem and encourages students to work towards better solutions while thinking in new ways.

A DOT box built around the capabilities of the Micro:Bit and incorporating Internet of Things design is in development.

Continuous Professional Development

CPD is a key part of the DOT Box scheme.  Every box has a training course for the teachers who will be using it to guide students through their new learning.  Creating creators is a skill at which everyone can improve.