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TECHNOLOGY - YEAR 9 ELECTIVES

Bake House

Bake House continues to expose students to some of the concepts experienced in year 7/8 and will introduce them to concepts required when continuing their Studies in the Senior Food Study Courses. Students will research, design, produce and evaluate products based around foods involved in the field of bakery. They will experience theory sessions where they will be investigating elements of bakery products such as types of ingredients, their functions and nutritional value and different processes involved in baked goods. Students will then apply that knowledge to a practical session. Students will be required to investigate, design, produce and evaluate productions such as a gingerbread house, decorated cakes and savoury products. Students need to complete a two GAT’s, based on the design process. They need to maintain a work folio and participate in practical classes.

Design for a Sustainable Future

This subject introduces students to the concept of sustainability and encourages an understanding of the complex interactions between the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability. Attracting students from a range of fields, Design for a Sustainable Future will bring a multidisciplinary team perspective to the research, analysis and problem-solving aspects of creating positive change towards sustainability within our school. This subject aims to give students a sense of empowerment and achievement in addition to tangible leadership and design skills which will feed into a range of later year study areas.  

In small teams, students will be required to critique, design and present an action plan aimed at resolving a sustainability issue that impacts current and future generations. This subject provides students with the opportunity to enhance, demonstrate and document work-ready skills appropriate to their personal areas of interest. 

Areas of study within this course will be: waste management, sustainability of materials, recycling, composting, permaculture, entrepreneurship, leadership, critical analysis, ethical and sustainable production, safety in product design, technology in sustainability, community development

Digital Technologies

The Digital Technologies course encourages students’ to use problem-solving skills to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions. The course provided practical opportunities for students to explore, innovative and design digital solutions through the application of various computer programs.

Students are required to:

Design and develop a product using a programming language;

Design and develop a 3D printed mobile phone accessory using CAD software including the development of a website about the product;

Learn about computer network threats and security measures.

Fashion Product Design

Fashion Product Design involves learning how to create quality-designed solutions in response to a client brief. Students consider the economic, environmental and social impacts of the technology and take into account the ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors that inform the design processes.

Students complete a folio that includes a detailed client based design brief, creative and on trend research, colorful fashion design sketches and an evaluation criteria that justifies improvements or modifications.

Students learn how to design and make clothing. They undertake a variety of construction and sewing techniques to either produce a hoody of their color choice, or creatively repurpose an Op shop garment into fashionable clothing. Students learn advanced sewing techniques, use the over locker, create vinyl stickers to iron onto clothing and will have access to an embroidery machine for sewing creative embellishments.

This subject leads to VCE Product Design – Fashion.

Food Studies

Year 9 Food Studies continues some of the concepts experienced in year 7/8 in more detail and introduces concepts required when continuing their studies in Senior Food Study Courses.  Students will learn how to research, design, produce and evaluate meals. Students will experience theory sessions where they will be looking at food groups, nutrition, events and environmental factors affecting food choices in today’s world. Students will then experience practical sessions where they apply the concepts studied. Students will be producing meals from a variety of food groups, countries and produce. They will be involved in projects such as designing breakfasts, lunches and party events. These meals will form a great resource for future dining and prepare them for Senior Food Studies. Students need to complete a two GAT’s, based on the design process. They need to maintain a work folio and participate in practical classes.

Furniture Product Design

Furniture Product Design involves learning how to create quality-designed solutions in response to a client brief. Students consider the economic, environmental and social impacts of the technology and take into account the ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors that inform the design processes.

Students complete a folio that includes a detailed client based design brief, creative and on trend research, design sketches and an evaluation criteria that justifies improvements or modifications.

Students develop practical skills using various construction techniques, tools and finishing methods to produce a product in response to a client brief. Students will work with a variety of materials not limited to timber, steel, glass, concrete and textiles. Projects may also incorporate use of CAD and laser cutting technologies.

Industrial Product Design

Industrial Product Design involves learning how to create quality-designed solutions in response to a client brief. Students consider the economic, environmental and social impacts of the technology and take into account the ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors that inform the design processes.

Students complete a folio that includes a detailed client based design brief, creative and on trend research, design sketches and an evaluation criteria that justifies improvements or modifications.

Students develop practical skills using a range of engineering steels such as mild, stainless and galvanized and aluminium. Students will gain understanding of the principles of material manipulation and formation. Classes will incorporate the laser cutting technologies, oxy-acetylene and spot welding equipment. There is an emphasis on workshop / machinery safety, the correct use of hand tools. 

Systems and Robotics

Learn about how electronic and mechanical systems work and the components that are used to make them. You will build various electronic and mechanical projects using the design process and use simulation software to help your designs. Once you know how to build systems, you will then learn how to control them by using the latest Lego Robotics, EV3. You will build your Robot and then program it to do various tasks using all the sensors, until you have the skills to tackle the ‘Maze’.

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