Technologies encompasses the study of products, processes, tools and equipment.
We offer a selection of subjects that cater for a wide range of student interest and abilities.
In the practical subjects, students are exposed to intellectual challenges in the form of designing and researching while practical skills are developed using a wide range of tools and machines.
Safety is an important aspect of all courses. Students also learn about work as they mirror, in a broad sense, workplace practices such as working cooperatively in teams and responding to technological change.
Students study one semester of Industrial Technology and Design for two lessons/week.
Some time is devoted to Graphics, with the remaining focused on a combination of workshop-based activities and projects.
Projects may include using a laser cutter or a 3D printer to produce a designed product such as a key tag or phone stand, to wood and electronics based projects such as an acoustic phone amplifier with LED strip lights and plastic edge-lit sign.
Year 9 students may choose one or both, depending on availability:
- Robotics and Design (1 semester) – Students explore the ethical issues surrounding robotics, problems that robots can solve, what are algorithms, following algorithms and creating algorithms, Scratch Projects – learning how to use the basic elements of programming and they will use mBot robots to practice their coding skills.
- Digital Design and Manufacturing (1 semester) – students complete two design challenges. The first is a custom designed light box built from traditional timber joining techniques featuring laser cut designs and LED electronics. The second is a C02 dragster, built for speed and aesthetics, which must meet strict design constraints and compete in actual races over 20m powered, by soda bulbs in a bid to take out the fastest car.
Year 10 students from the following one-year subjects:
- Industrial Graphics – an introductory subject for Yr11/12 (please refer to the descriptions below
- Introduction to Trades - an introductory subject for Yr11/12 Building Construction and Industrial Technology Skills (please refer to the descriptions below)
- Robotics and Design – An extension of Year 9 Robotics and Design. Students may interact with a variety of robotic devices including Lego Mindstorms, VEX equipment, Mbots, Makey-Makey's, Arduino platforms and electronics concepts. They will explore other coding environments away from robotics, which may include databases and websites. This subject is largely theoretical and requires determination and resilience to achieve success.
It is advisable to choose these junior subjects if there is a possibility of selection in Years 11 and 12.