Exams: Graphics and photos help out metalwork students
DESIGN and problem skills were essential for higher-level candidates who, in one question, were challenged to modify a door to make it an accessible entrance for a wheelchair user, according to teacher Donal Cremin.
Mr Cremin, of Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, Co Kerry, and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), had no complaints about the wide-ranging paper, although he said it was challenging.
Students were tested both in terms of traditional engineering and modern technology, said Mr Cremin.
He said one question where students had to apply their understanding of many aspects of engineering technology featured Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web.
Mr Cremin described the ordinary level paper as "very fair" and said it provided an appropriate challenge.
"The use of modern graphics and photographs throughout the paper was welcome and provided necessary stimulation for students," he added.