Technology

Technology and Design is taught in a purpose built suite fully equipped suite where students can access a wide range of facilities such as CAD and CNC. Through a wide range of practical activities pupils will develop their problem solving, designing and manufacturing skills.

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Aims

The Technology and Design Department is committed to the following aim:

“to enable all pupils to become confident and responsible in solving real life problems, striving for creative solutions, independent learning, product excellence and social consciousness”.

Design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.

Overview

At key stage 3 pupils will develop graphic skills and will design and make a range of projects based on CAD/CAM, electronics and mechanisms.

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For key stage 4 pupils will follow the CCEA Product Design and Manufacturing specification.

Unit 1 Core topics 20%

Unit 3 Product Design 20%

Unit 4 Design Assignment 20%

Unit 5 Design Project 40%

The Edexcel Product Design specification is studied at A level.

Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative Skills

Unit 2 Design and Technology in Practice

Unit 3 designing for the Future

Unit 4 Commercial Design

 

Events

During the school year students participated in a range of events. Year 10 pupils attended a STEM day I SWC where they participated in a range of activities based on a Titanic theme.

Year 8 and 9 pupils started work for entering the “Blood Hound” world speed event and attended the finals held at QUB

In the first term year 10 pupils had the opportunity to study, build and test fire their rockets during the Build a rocket STEM day.

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Careers

Mechanical Engineering

Civil and Structural Engineering

Medical Engineering

Electronic Engineering

Graphic Design

Product Design

Architect

Draughtsman

Interior Design

Furniture Design and construction

Teaching

Dental Technology