Technology and Enterprise
Design and Technology Department
Our main aim in Design and Technology is to engage the students in the variety of subjects we offer. The idea is for the students to have some fun while they learn. Through this, students are actively involved in designing and making projects with their own hands. They also learn about the application of the design process and the elements that make successful design. While enjoying this learning experience, students complete the relevant theory and safety precautions so that they are able to independently operate tools and machinery in the workshop. We strive for students to reach their full potential and gain confidence in approaching any given problem.
Our Motto: Let’s make learning Fun
There are a variety of subjects that fall under the Design and Technology Umbrella. From Year 8 to Year 10, students are introduced to Metalwork, Model making, Tackle shop, Technical drawing, Information Technology, Electronics and Design. In Year 11 and Year 12 students focus on Technical Graphics, Materials Design and Technology with a focus on metals as well as Building and Construction. There are quite a few activities that the students are involved in, as well as community projects and work around the school done by the senior students.
News from the Design and Technology Department
Roland CNC Mill and UP 3D printer
18 March 2013, saw us take delivery of a Roland MDX40 CNC mill and an UP 3D printer. This was made possible by the generosity of Apache, who have once again shown commitment to the improvement of the Design and Technology department.
These machines put us at the cutting edge of technology within any school environment, moving students closer to industry expectations. Currently the Design students are using 3D programmes which seamlessly transfer their designs from computers to the mill.
Training on the machines was provided by Dr Tony Pugatschew, of Intellecta Technologies. His passion for the technology and the importance of students being exposed to it, shone through on his three-day visit. Students were amazed to see the capabilities of the mill, and have come to see first-hand the results of their drawings.
The Roland is versatile enough to create models for casting, 3D modelling and engraving. The 3D printer can replicate shapes for the production of jewellery moulds and castings. Experiments were also conducted on cutting of linoleum for printing.
The addition of these machines, and possibly more to come; puts us at the forefront of technology in schools in the Pilbara.
Below are some photos of the machine in use and the finished products!
HOD – Design and Technology
Food Technology provides a variety of life skills starting with the basics in Year 8 and working up to more challenging experiences as students progress through Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 if they choose too.
Through practical tasks students are able to develop, reinforce and apply their culinary skills and techniques along with increasing their confidence. Students work in pairs, groups and individually; encouraging co-operation, respect, self-management and self-discipline. As they plan, prepare and produce culinary delights they not only enjoy the social aspects of this course but they are able to eat and share the products of their labour!
Media Production and Analysis – Year 10, 11 and 12
In the Media Production and Analysis course, students develop skills to make and understand media ranging from traditional forms such as film, photography, newspapers, magazines, comics, radio and television to new and emerging multimedia technologies. They will consider how people, events and issues are represented. They will also create, produce and present their own works in media of their choice to express their ideas using media technologies and practices.
Through our partnership with the Pilbara TAFE students also complete a Certificate II in Media Production via the internet while undertaking studies in Media Production and Analysis.
Technology and Enterprise Programs