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The Tealighter is a simple candle holder project aimed at Year 7-8. It introduces students to plywood as a design material. The project requires both creativity and accuracy.  Students generate ideas by sketching and on computer, then follow a simple making process to produce their design.  

This is designed as a fairly quick project.  The results come quickly and there is a great deal of satisfaction in the final product.  Teachers are supported with teaching notes that include tips and assessment outline.  This project is easy to adapt to the particular needs of you classroom.  It is ideal for either a first quick project of the year (to kick a quick goal) or as a 'filler' project at the end of the year because it can be compressed to the time available.

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Our aim is to support teachers with all the resources needed o successfully run this unit of work in their classrooms. We provide all the materials and the less common equipment as well as teaching notes and student sheets. The beauty of the Ecolamp project is that it can be run without expensive equipment.


Materials and Equipment

  • Coping saw
  • Reciprocating saw  
  • Tea light candles (3 per student)
  • Teaching resource pack
  • Drill press with 38mm hole saw
  • Sanding paper
  • Needle file (flat)
  • Ply wood cut to size (two per student)
  • Acrylic legs (four per student)


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