The Design and Technologies curriculum is organised by the three related strands of Technologies and Society, Technological Contexts, and Creating Design Solutions. The Technological Contexts and Creating Design Solutions strands are further organised by sub-strands, as set out below.
The Technologies and Society strand focuses on how people use and develop technologies. It takes into account economic, environmental, ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors, and the impact of technologies on individuals, families, local, regional and global communities, and the environment.
The Technologies Contexts strand focuses on the characteristics and properties of technologies contexts, and how they can be used to create innovative designed solutions. It explores four particular contexts, organised under the following sub-strands:
The Creating Designed Solutions strand is based on the major aspects of design thinking, design processes and production processes. The content descriptions in this strand reflect a design process and would typically be addressed through a design brief.
Creating Designed Solutions is organised by five sub-strands:
Digital Technologies comprises of three related strands: Digital Systems, Data and Information, and Creating Digital Solutions.
Technology contributes to cultural, social, environmental and economic changes. The focus of technology studies is the understanding of how and why things work and the use of different materials, tools and machines. The technology process involves students in developing ideas and creating imaginative solutions for learning tasks. The program involves students investigating, designing, creating and evaluating as a way of developing creativity and innovation.
Through our Robotics Program, students learn how to build and program robots and the school community was thrilled at the outstanding achievement of our Robotics Team in winning the 2010 State and National Robotics competitions and coming second in the State finals in 2011 and 2012.