Make your own Prototype
Technology 1.1 - Undertake development to make a prototype to address a brief.
If you want to change the brief, negotiate with your teacher.
RECIPES TO INVESTIGATE...
Experiment with different recipes to get an idea of suitable ingredients and processes for your dessert cabinet item. Search your own...
Paste copies of any recipes you try out in your portfolio. 📗
TEST TEST TEST and SELECT
Test different ingredients, equipment and proceses.
Test ingredients and choose the best ones
For example, if your brief states that your prototype must be refined-sugar-free, you might test different sweeteners such as:
- agave syrup
- maple syrup
- rapadura sugar
- coconut sugar
- rice syrup
Find out which makes the best dessert cabinet outcome. Consider: colour, taste, cost, nutrition, texture, cooking methods required.
You could for example smear them all on a plate and compare their colour.
You could compare their cost, taste, ethical aspects (e.g. honey).
You could cook a small amount of your dessert with each sweetener and compare the results.
Test processes and choose the best ones
For example, you may try a number of ways of blending/combining ingredients, for example:
- food processor
- wooden spoon
Run a trial to find out which processes work best for you dessert cabinet outcome.
Consider: what equipment you have available, what is the most efficient time-wise, what gives the best results (texture, taste, appearance.)
Choose your tools and equipment
Choose the best equipment for making your dessert outcome.
Consider what is available, what saves time and what gives a consistent quality outcome.
MAKE YOUR PROTOTYPE
Refine your specifications if you need to. Check them with your teacher.
Use the materials, components, tools and equipment you selected to make your prototype to address your brief.
You may want to change some of your specifications to reflect decisions you have made. Check these changes with your teacher. Remember you will judge your outcome's fitness-for-purpose based on these specifications. Paste final specifications into portfolio. 📗
TRIAL YOUR DESSERT IN CONTEXT
Social environment - people who will be interacting with the outcome. Physical environment - where the outcome will be situated.
Trialling your product in context
Trial your dessert in its intended social environment (the people who will be interacting with the outcome), and physical environment (where the outcome will be situated).
Record these trials, and the results of them in your portfolio. What did you learn? How did this inform your prototyping and product development? What decisions did you make as a result? 📗
Collect feedback from stakeholders on what they think of your dessert.
Collect stakeholder feedback on your dessert
Collect feedback from your stakeholder on what they think of your dessert. What do they think about:
- How it looks?
- How it tastes?
- Its nutritional quality?
- Other aspects?
Do you have feedback from your trial in the intended social and physical environment?
Record all this feedback and paste into your portfolio. 📗
Is your final outcome fit for purpose?
Evaluate your final prototype
How did it go in its intended physical environment and social environment?
Does the prototype address the brief? Does it meet all the specifications?
What do the stakeholders have to say?
Paste all this information into your portfolio. 📗
Make sure your portfolio includes your prototyping journey.
Keep a journal of your progress.
Photos with descriptions of what you did and why are a great way to tell your story.
Make sure your portfolio includes all the following:
- The brief that you used. (State who your key stakeholder is.)
- The final recipe and planned manufacturing process.
- Evidence of all your:
- tests (of different ingredients and processes)
- trials (of your prototype in its intended social and physical context)
- stakeholder feedback
- An evaluation of whether or not your final outcome is fit-for-purpose.
- A final list of specifications, justifying that each one has been met.