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Design technology

Students gain knowledge of materials and processes, and develop design and presentation skills through an investigative, open-ended pedagogical approach.  They investigate, design and create products, keeping in mind who will use them. They gain an understanding of the work and role of professional designers and of the manufacturing industry.  Students evaluate and analyze their own development, the use and life-cycle of products, and the impacts of products, materials and manufacturing processes on society. They are expected to incorporate and build on skills acquired in other subject areas.

Students experience the three branches of technology (information, materials, systems) in Design Technology by working with a variety of techniques and materials associated with the following: Resistant Materials (woods, plastics); Compliant Materials (textiles); and Computer Technology (including computer aided manufacture -CAM).  Further elective units are available in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Design Graphics – Architectural Design, Electronics and Textile Art.

All work in Technology follows the Design Cycle and is assessed using IBMYP Technology criteria, so whether a student is doing a database on computer, or making a clock, the learning process and assessment procedures are exactly the same.

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