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Stage 4

This year Technology students in Year 7 will rotate between units of work that focus on the fields of study in Agriculture, Food and Plastics. In each unit students are given a Design Brief related to the field of study.

Students studying Food developed an understanding of the function of various ingredients together with developing basic skills in food preparation. After the culmination of a range of recipes being made each week students were then required to design a muffin product by modifying the taste or texture to create something new and unique.

Click HERE for a food photo gallery 

Those studying Plastics enjoyed working through the design process to the create their clock to manufacture. This project incorporated the use of the 3D printers, which enabled students to show their creativity and print components or design features to combine with the acrylic as the main material.

Click HERE for a clock photo gallery 

The Agriculture unit introduced students to the animal welfare requirements for the production of chicken meat and eggs. Legislation, technical and ethical considerations within the agricultural industry were explored. Students then designed and made an egg and poultry meat-based recipe in a classroom based competition.

Year 8 Technology is structured in the same arrangement as Year 7 where the classes rotate through three different units of work.  The first unit involves the design of a functional yet interesting bread, cheese or tapas board. This project allows students to develop the ability to work with timber and to improve their skills in using a number of hand tools and machines. Students have the opportunity to incorporate a laser engraved design onto the surface of the board to add to its aesthetic appeal.

Click HERE for a bread board gallery

The second unit based on the theme “Gifts” is popular with the students and focuses on product design through a range of mixed materials and technologies. The design of a tea light holder is a multi-skill based project. It focuses on introducing students to the techniques of constructing with a range of materials and processes that also incorporate Computer Aided Design (CAD) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) through the use of the 3D Printers. Students also make and package a food product that is suitable for a gift.

A new unit has been introduced this year, which introduces students to the world of graphic design. This project will visually describe an innovative 3D digital showroom and flyer specifically designed for a fictional automotive convention. In the development of the design project, the unit will focus on introducing students to a broad range of digital tools and techniques relating to graphics and information technologies, which will be employed to create digital artefacts within a marketing context.

Stage 5

Each semester students study a particular design specialisation. 

This year a new unit of work has been introduced that focuses on the Food Industry. In this unit students design and make a new and innovative food product. Students develop an understanding of the function of ingredients, working characteristics, production processes, environmental and social issues, costs and aesthetics. All to help them identify a need for a new product, select the ingredients they need according to the characteristics, and match them with appropriate manufacturing processes.

Metal products and manufacture are a large part of the world of product design. These can be in decorative form or for a more functional and specific purpose. In the second semester students design and manufacture a product that is constructed from metal.  A MIG welding workshop is conducted at TAFE to provide students with industry-based training from a TAFE instructor in a purpose built environment with facilities equipped for larger groups.

Stage 6

Senior students select their own genuine need and using a design process, over the course of one year, develop a solution to that need. Their findings are documented and presented to the HSC examiner in August. The theoretical aspects of this course include factors affecting a design, trends in design, ethical, social and environmental issues, intellectual property and the role of agencies that influence the development of an innovation. It is an awesome course for disciplined hard working students who wish to resolve everyday problems they find around them.

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Design and Technology News

2017

 

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