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Year 9

Mechatronics

This course introduces students to robotics and automation, and is designed to promote enterprise, initiative and skills in mechanical, electrical and coding systems. Students will have the opportunity to solve problems, design solutions and work in a fun practical environment. Robotics and automation is the practical application of artificial intelligence, which is rapidly growing in importance for industrial, domestic, entertainment and military applications. Students will be encouraged to design and engineer practical solutions to solve realistic and challenging problems. Students have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in electronics, mechanics, simple engineering, electrical circuits, coding and applied mathematics to solve student- centred open ended tasks.

Wood

In this course, the students get to build small projects with a specific focus on solutions.  The students will build confidence and independence through skill building exercises to allow the students to select, use tools and machinery correctly and safely to develop working solutions and projects.  The students begin to understand where the materials are sourced.  They learn cost and effect on society and the environment.

Students’ apply creativity, innovation and thinking skills combined with technology to generate original ideas to produce realistic solution with the aide of 2D and 3D drafting software.  The students can resolve problems and consider advantages and disadvantages before committing to building a physical prototype/project

The students will establish safe procedures in the workshop to minimise their risk in the workshop and learn to correctly manage the project. They learn to transfer theoretical knowledge to practical activities.

Metalwork

This is a practical course to promote student initiative and enterprise in designing, fabricating and manufacturing projects using a variety of metalwork hand tools, power tools and machinery. The students are exposed to fundamental processes of design, working with materials, skills and techniques commonly used in metal trades industry to create solutions. Students will be developing a variety of practical skills and techniques required for: oxy acetylene fusion and braze welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Manual Metal Arc Welding (MMAW) and machine operations.

Jewellery

This course offers students a range of set development tasks where they make basic jewellery out of copper and brass to develop their hand skills. After each project is made, they then produce the article of jewellery out of sterling silver. Students learn how to size, bend, shape, solder and finish their article of jewellery. After students have developed skill and technique, they then use the Technology Process to research, design, make and evaluate an article of jewellery they wish to make for themselves. Other skills that can be incorporated into student designs are basic casting and stone setting with a bezel.

Year 10

Mechatronics

Mechatronics is a practical course focusing on real life engineering solutions. It is designed to prepare students for a future in the technological world by providing the foundation for life-long learning about systems engineering.

Mechatronics provides a focus on practical design through creative and industry relevant opportunities that enable students to investigate, research and construct systems based engineering products. This subject provides students with opportunities to apply engineering, programming and electronic processes; understand underpinning scientific and mathematical principles and develop engineering, electronic and robotic technology skills.

Mechatronics caters for the learning needs of all students, from those seeking a career in the many varied engineering disciplines to others pursuing an avid interest in the subject. Students will be choosing a course that will allow them to achieve post-school destinations into a range of careers including engineering, automation, robotics, science, aviation, mechanics, fabrication and electrical trades, drafting, architecture and other practical and technology related work and engineering.

Wood

The Year 10 Woodwork course is an introduction unit for students who have limited experience in the manufacturing of wooden furniture products. Students learn and apply the fundamentals of design to develop and manufacture furniture and small projects for themselves. They learn to produce pictorial drawings and follow the basics of the design process to assist them in their manufacturing. Students will gain an understanding about different woods and materials and will be introduced to relevant technology skills which include the use of; hand tools, power tools and woodworking machines. Basic IT programs, like Sketch-up and CAD programs, will be used to give students a head start with programs used in the production and design industry with real world applications.

Jewellery

This course refines the set of skills and knowledge developed in the previous course and sets the student on a path of higher skill development in jewellery making and silver smithing. Students will learn basic techniques in cuttlefish and lost wax casting and the ability to incorporate these casting with fabricated components. Students will also develop skills in setting semi precious stones in rings and pendants using pure silver bezel and silver plate. After students have developed skill and technique, they then use the Technology Process to research, design, make and evaluate an article of jewellery they wish to make for themselves.

Year 9 & 10 Model Making and 3d Prototype Development

To create a working model/prototype with a modern and/or traditional technique is one of the single most important parts in development of a project or idea. This course will allow students to explore materials (metal, plastics, wood), using specialised techniques to build scale models.  These models and designs will form their major projects for each term and semester reporting. The course will be a challenge based learning environment enabling students to solve problems in a safe and challenging environment.

Students will use technology to develop their ideas using 3D drawing software.  The software is directly connected to industry relevant software. Students understand what designers, engineers, and inventors experience and learn through building, modifying, thinking and developing problem solving skills.

Currently the greatest inventor in the modern age is Elon Musk who is changing and disrupting current ideas and belief’s in transport and energy.  One famous quote is ‘If something’s important enough, you should try. Even if you – the probable outcome is failure.’ Elon Musk

Elon Musk every day gets to play with latest technology surrounded by great people who think and get excited about engineering and problem solving. In this course, we will focus on developing real world prototypes with a focus modifying and testing student ideas.