Sam Morley, Design & Technology (Food)
This year the Science and Technologies Department are especially excited to be offering three brand new Technology units to our Year 7 students, as part of the new Australian Curriculum. All students will cycle through one unit each term and will then be given an option to choose their favourite to develop further in Term 4.
Over the December break we have had lots of work happening which has resulted in a wonderful new kitchen in A203. We are looking forward to introducing cooking and nutrition to our Middle School students as part of the new Australian Curriculum focus on Food and Agriculture.
We have fully equipped a Textiles area in the existing Art room in order to teach textiles and design skills to Year 7. These students will also be learning electronics as they produce an e-textile product.
In the Design and Technology Workshop, we have some exciting new plant systems being introduced as part of our hands-on Digital Technologies and Agriculture Unit. Our students will be able to combine growing plants and learning to control the plant’s environments through the use of electronics. Lastly, all students will be able to monitor and watch the plants grow in our new hydroponics station and maybe use them in their cooking. This is also equipped with solar panels to power the water pumps and adjust solution levels. In time we plan to add in extra control panels to record power production and water consumption, thus providing students across the school with further authentic data collection opportunities.
We are looking forward to working with all of our students as they begin their journey into learning about both Design and Technology. I am especially looking forward to working with students in the Food Technology Kitchen, particularly given the importance to our health of making good food choices, throughout life. We will develop the skills and knowledge needed through a combination of theory and practical work, as our aim is to foster a life-long enthusiasm for good food.
In time we also hope to see other subjects using our new kitchen facilities as well as offering some Design Technology food and textiles units to older students if there is interest.