The study of Technology Mandatory in Years 7–8 enables students to become responsible users of technologies and designers of solutions. Through the practical application of knowledge and understanding, students develop skills in the safe use of a range of technologies to design, produce and evaluate solutions to identified needs and opportunities.
At St Edward’s Year 7 and 8 will undertake activities in a twenty-week context area.
Content structure for Technology Mandatory Years 7–8
The Technology Mandatory Years 7–8 syllabus outcomes are presented as:
- Knowledge and Understanding
The Digital Technologies context encourages students to develop an empowered attitude towards digital technologies, use abstractions to represent and decompose real-world problems, and implement and evaluate digital solutions. Students have the opportunity to become innovative creators of digital technologies in addition to effective users of digital systems and critical consumers of the information they convey.
Agriculture and Food Technologies
Agriculture (food and fibre production) focuses on the investigation of managed environments, such as farms and plantations. Students learn about the processes of food and fibre production and investigate the innovative and sustainable supply of agriculturally produced raw materials. Students develop knowledge and understanding about managed systems that produce food and fibre through designing and producing solutions.
Food technologies focuses on the use of resources produced and harvested to sustain human life. Students learn about the characteristics and properties of food. Students are provided with opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding about food selection and preparation, food safety and how to make informed choices when experimenting with and preparing nutritious food.
The Engineered Systems context focuses on how force, motion and energy can be used in systems, machines and structures. Students are provided with opportunities to experiment and develop prototypes to test their solutions. They understand how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour and performance of engineered systems, machines and structures. Knowledge of these principles and systems enables the design and production of sustainable, engineered solutions.
The Material Technologies context focuses on the application of specialist skills and techniques to a broad range of traditional, contemporary and advancing materials. Students develop knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and properties of a range of materials through research, experimentation and practical investigation, and when they make products to satisfy identified needs and opportunities.