Material Testing in Engineering

Face-to-Face Workshop

In this workshop we will consider material testing as an experiment-based topic which helps students make connections between theoretical content, knowledge and Engineering practice.

The effective use of digital technologies, Cornell Note taking and other teaching, learning and assessment strategies will be explored throughout the evening.




Wednesday 30th March 2022

07:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

Athlone Education Centre

Tuesday 5th April 2022

07:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

Dublin West Education Centre

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  Construction Studies - Professional Development March/April 2022

Face to Face Workshop — Principles of nZEB: Ventilation.

At this workshop we will explore:

  • The importance of ventilation in the home. 
  • Considerations when selecting a ventilation System. 
  • Building Regulations surrounding Ventilation.
  • The nZEB Principles approach to teaching Construction Studies.




Saturday 26th March 2022

10:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre

Saturday 2nd April 2022

10:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Limerick Education Centre

Saturday 2nd April 2022

10:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Dublin West Education Centre

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DCG - Teacher Professional Development March 2022

An Integrated Approach to Problem Solving in DCG using Key Geometric Principles.

  • How students’ understanding of DCG may be enhanced by the use of the ‘Key Geometric Principles Approach’.
  • The use of SolidWorks as a visualisation tool in reaching solutions to problems.
One day (5 hour) face-to-face workshop.




Saturday12th March 2022

10:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Cork Education Centre

Saturday 26th March 2022

10:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Portlaoise Education Centre

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T4/DCG/CAD Computers for Post-Primary Schools

A new framework for the procurement of T4/DCG/CAD Laptops has been finalised and there is now an approved CAD spec laptop available for post primary schools. 

Both Laptops and PC Mini Towers can now be ordered from Datapac. 

Modifying the Serial Numbers of the Pre-Installed SolidWorks Software.

The computers have SOLIDWORKS Software Pre-Installed, but the installation will need to be modified to use the schools’ serial number. The computers come preloaded with SOLIDWORKS, and with a temporary serial number. If this number is not updated SOLIDWORKS will stop working after a few days.

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Advanced SolidWorks Tutorial Videos

Identifying Geometry to Support Design in SolidWorks

Modeling the Solar Wall Light in SolidWorks

The Webinar's were held in October/November 2021, and January 2022 to show how sketches can be used to support creating objects in SolidWorks.

Instructional mp4 video showing the project development using SolidWorks software.


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Intermediate SolidWorks Tutorial Video

PDST Webinar - April 2021

Instructional video showing the drawing of the highlighter pen & cap using SolidWorks software.


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Advanced SolidWorks Tutorial Videos

Multi-body Approach in SolidWorks

These videos include content covered in PDST Webinars in October/November 2020 which focused on analysing the geometry of an object and deriving an economical approach to creating a artifact in SolidWorks. The advantage of a Multi-body Approach will become evident through an examination of the creative thought process.

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A Guide to the Student Assignment

The new booklet offers guidance to teachers and students on possible approaches to successfully completing the DCG Student Assignment.

An updated copy of the booklet is now available to view online or to download.

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  SolidWorks - Introductory & Advanced Workshop Resources

The advanced workshop aimed to up skill and develop teachers understanding of advanced modeling techniques in SolidWorks 2018. The workshop further interrogated ‘Surface Modeling’ techniques for teachers of Design and Communication Graphics while also examining features such as Flex, Split Line, Rib, Combine, Lip & Groove, Vent, and advanced Mechanical Mates.

The introductory workshop was aimed at teachers with little or no prior knowledge of SolidWorks, or those who were looking for a refresher course in SolidWorks. It's aims were to guide the participants through the basic sketching and features commands of SolidWorks. There was an emphasis on economy of design when creating each part of the USB key, looking at parts, assemblies and the application of a decal to a part.

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Distance Learning

To support teaching and learning through these difficult times we are providing content to promote distance learning (Click on Menu link at top).

As always the PDST t4 team are available and happy to assist teachers of the t4 subjects. You may contact us via the following emails:

Our colleagues in the PDST digtech team have already published a number of useful tutorials and resources that support distance learning.


Corona-virus - (Covid-19 Pandemic)

As always the PDST t4 team are available and happy to assist teachers of the t4 subjects. You may contact us via the following emails:

Stay safe and If at all concerned about your health, contact your GP or the HSE helpline on 1850 24 1850.


PDST School Based Support for T4 Subjects

The PDST-T4 team are available to provide school-based support to teachers of Construction Studies, DCG, Engineering and Technology throughout 2019-2020. This support focuses on developing teaching, learning and assessment practices in the T4 subjects. Our advisors can support your school through a single, half-day school visit or through PDST’s new sustained support model.  It is advised to book early as in the case where we are oversubscribed, allocation will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Construction Studies - Exploring Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Students of Construction Studies enjoy a rich & varied learning environment through the various activities 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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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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Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA)

Teachers and students can now complete the Certified SolidWorks Associate examinations for free in schools. Schools must initially register as test providers at to commence the process. There is a huge library of resource available on which will guide you through the CSWA.

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Events Calendar

New Activity Worksheets

Resource material to compliment "Identifying Geometry to support Design in SolidWorks".


Guide to the DCG Student Assignment

An updated version of “A Guide to the Student Assignment” (DCG) is now available to purchase or download.


Converting PDF to an editable document

Instructional video showing how to convert a pdf document to an editable worksheet. Check the "Distance Learning" menu for other online resources.


Upgrading from Win 7

The PDST Technology in Education have a short guideline available on upgrading computers from Win 7 to a supported Operating System, (Win 10 or Chrome OS).


Ghrafaic Dhearaidh agus Chumarsáide

Doiciméid Ghrafaic Dhearaidh & Chumarsáide i nGaeilge. Lean nasc roghchlár ar chlé.

Construction Studies

New PowerPoint presentations "Towards nZEB for Dwellings 2020 and "A guide to managing experiment work" now added to list of available resources. Click on the "READ MORE" link.

T4 Newsletter

Click on the link below to access the first edition "Summer Newsletter 2018" of the T4 Online Newsletter.


Intermediate SolidWorks

Workshop booklet covering some of the intermediate level sketching tools and features available in SolidWorks 2017 while working through the modeling of parts for a Spatula.


Advanced SolidWorks

Resource notes from PDST 2017 Advanced SolidWorks CPD Workshop.


DCG Coursework

State Examination Commission (SEC) respond to queries regarding DCG Coursework Examination. .


Updated Room Layouts

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


ICT for teaching & Learning

Example of a Flipped Learning approach in a Tech Graphics classroom..