Sam Morley, Design and Technology Lead Teacher
Sherry Waleed, Design and Technology Teacher
In Week 8 of Term One the Design and Technology subject area received the uncomfortable news that all our classes were going fully online and we may not be in the workshop for a few weeks. Roll forward to Term 2 and the new reality set in that we may not return to school for the rest of the term. Initially, as practical based subjects this was a terrifying thought as we contemplated our classes with no workshops, no equipment, no kitchens, textile rooms or even computer labs. Our students were all housebound with no access to the resources nor assistance we were accustomed to providing. Yet, through what is being seen as a turning point in many educational discussions, we rose to the challenge and adapted our programs and offerings. As you often find with Design and Technology, our team and students turned to those pillars of our subject: creativity, critical thinking, resourcefulness and resilience.
So as Term 2 comes to a close, we would like to share with you some of the highlights of the Design and Technology subjects from throughout this semester.
Year 7 Food this term found that you don’t need to be in the school kitchen to have fun learning about food. Instead, students explored their own home kitchens and created some fantastic recipe analysis videos. For their culminating project they developed meals at home, planned healthy children’s parties and evaluated meals that Mrs Morley had presented in a series of cooking videos. Have a look at some of their cooking tasks here.
Year 7 Textiles students have really risen to the challenge of developing practical skills to investigate textile processes. Their activities have ranged from interior design projects to block printing, with an emphasis on research to extend and reinforce their knowledge. We are very impressed by the initiative and independent learning skills that students have developed this term! See their creative products here.
Year 7 ICT has been learning about digital technologies and coding. Using the Education Perfect platform has allowed them to work on self-paced modules exploring a range of digital forms of information and communication. For their culminating activity, they have designed infographics and web pages to share their learning. See their creative infographics here.
Year 8 DT has been working on designing and developing toys at home using the materials on hand to prototype them before planning them using digital design tools. Rather than building their Automata in wood as usual, Year 8 DT were tasked with learning TinkerCad design software and then creating their toys in a virtual format. Along the way they learnt a variety of small tasks including designing personalised luggage tags. For our end of term fun we are now designing mini balloon powered race cars and are looking forward to printing them so we can race them when we eventually return to school. To see more details and photos of their work please follow this link.
Early this term, Year 9 and 10 DT completed their team based Life on Mars projects. As entries for the Australian Space in Schools competition, Stage 5 DT researched conditions on Mars and discovered what we need to support life in an alternative atmosphere. This led them to design their own Biomedical Space Hubs. Working in teams online was a challenge that they thrived upon. Although learning to coordinate individual responsibilities whilst meeting the needs of the team and competition was a new experience, students all gained many future work-ready skills such as coordinating, communicating and working on a fully digital platform. Here are some of their final products.
Year 9/10 DT Pinball Whizards. Using the pinball game model, Stage 5 students were this time challenged to consider how making games at home can help promote sustainability. Using a range of practical skills as well as creativity and problem solving, they developed a range of fun pinball games and compiled promotional videos to convince the public that they too should make their own games at home. Watch a short compilation of their products here, or to see some full videos why not head over here today?
Year 11 DT were designing home gardening solutions for their families during the MCO. Using their own locations and families as their clients allowed them to explore their surroundings, taking measurements, looking at existing items and checking access to water and sunlight. With this information, they then interviewed their families and compiled videos investigating their options, before developing proposals for what they may build in Term 3. As students designed this option for their individual homes, we saw a range of shapes and sizes. All designs were based on research into the needs of the crops their families identified as being useful to supplement their daily diets. Along the way students also improved their skills in communicating with clients through the interview process and a range of visual communication skills. Here are some of their creative plans.
HSC Design and Technology has continued to develop their Major Design Projects, finding a variety of ways of prototyping their final designs and moving ahead with sketches and final measurements. We are all very much looking forward to being back in the workshop and getting started on building their final products ready to showcase to you all in September this year.
Here are some of their achievements during the MCO.
So in hindsight, whilst being in the classroom and workshop certainly means we can work together more easily and have a broader range of materials, we have all found that you can have fun learning about design and technology no matter where you are!