Design and Technology at Ashdale Secondary College provides students the opportunity to engage in STEM orientated subjects that utilise cutting edge technologies and techniques. Students learn how to work in a collaborative environment and work on solving problems of tomorrow. Students develop a sense of design that then leads to the development of proto-types that are then tested, evaluated and re-designed. These skills that are developed by the students are the skill sets that will make them highly employable in jobs that are yet to be created in the future.
Students are also offered traditional courses that develop skills, knowledge and understanding in using metal, wood, plastics and carbon fibre materials, while applying the design process to produce individual products. These skills and knowledge can be utilised for recreational use or can be the stepping stone to a career.
The Design and Technology courses develop concepts that prepare students for the changes and advances that the modern world will present.
Teaching and learning practices involve students in programs where:
- The phases of the Technology Process are used in the acquisition of knowledge and skills about materials, systems and information
- The Technology Process includes: investigating, designing, producing and evaluating
Technology provides a stimulus whereby students:
- Generate and act on new ideas
- Learn skills to operate materials, systems, information, equipment, machines and tools, and to reduce wastage
- Gain an understanding of past and present technologies
This will enable students to:
- Develop problem solving skills and generate technological solutions to questions
- Develop knowledge and skills using a variety of equipment, resources and materials
- Discover how to use a range of appropriate equipment, machines and tools safely and efficiently for each situation
- Investigate and design using appropriate planning processes and design briefs
- Create and develop ideas, apply information, and seek and test innovative alternatives
- Produce, including the selection and safe use of appropriate tools, equipment, materials and/or processes to meet the requirements of design briefs
- Analyse and evaluate both processes and products including, where relevant, any broader environmental, social, cultural and economic factors
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