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Smith's Hill High School

Smith's Hill High School

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Stage 4 - (Years 7 & 8)

Stage 4 - Years 7 & 8

Technology – Mandatory

All students in Years 7 and 8 are required to complete the mandatory technology courses to meet the requirements for the ROSA. All mandatory courses involve students completing practical design projects in three areas of study:

  • The Built Environment
  • Products
  • Information and Communication

To complete projects students will use several technologies in specialized rooms such as: food, graphics, media, textiles, timber, electronics, information and metals.

Year 7

Students in Year 7 take part in Technology for 4 periods per week in both the Industrial Arts and Home Economics faculties. Each term they will undertake one of the following content areas;

  1. Food Technology- Learning about food and nutrition. How to prepare food, cook it and work safely in a kitchen.

  2. Textiles Technology- Designing and producing projects made from fabric, learning how to sew by hand and machine.

  3. Information & Communication- Learning how to utilize computer software to design, draw and desktop publish.

  4. Wood Technology- Designing and producing projects made from timber. Learning how sketch and produce technical drawings.

These units aim to develop skills and understanding in ·designing, producing, WH&S, graphical and written communication and computer applications. Students will explore the application of technology in life beyond school.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 take part in Technology for 4 periods per week in both the Industrial Arts and Home Economics faculties. Each term they will undertake one of the following content areas;

  1. Food Technology- Learning about food and nutrition. How to prepare food, cook it and work safely in a kitchen.
  2. Textiles Technology· Designing and producing projects made from fabric. Leaming how to sew by hand and machine.
  3. Metal & Timber Technology- Designing and producing projects made from metal & wood using associated hand and power tools.
  4. Control Technology - Learning about engineered systems and how to utilise computer software to design projects for 3D printing

These units aim to develop skills and understanding in designing, producing, OH&S, graphical and written communication and computer applications. Students will explore the application of technology in life beyond school.

Design and Technology - Elective

Design and Technology develops innovative and creative thought through the planning and production of design projects related to real-life needs and situations.

Students learn to identify, analyse and respond to needs through research and experimentation leading to the construction of quality design projects. They learn to access, manage and safely use a range of materials, tools and techniques to aid in the development of design projects and to critically evaluate their own work and the work of others.

There will be a maximum of two design projects throughout the course, where students will design and construct projects using plastics, metal, wood, composites and electronic components. The projects will range from furniture to industrial design.

Projects include:

  • Ecolamp – environmentally friendly LED light
  • Rethink/Recycle – a project using industrial materials in a domestic form.
  • Packaging design
  • Furnishing
  • Bendy Ply Project

Food Technology - Elective

This is an exciting course, which provides an outlet for those who have an interest in the food area both from a recreational point of view and also from a career perspective. Study in year 8 forms a sound basis for future study in Years 9 & 10 and for career training in the food and hospitality industry.

Students will learn through practical experiences how to design, produce and evaluate foods.

Students will develop sound food preparation skills and will enjoy learning about a variety of food and nutrition issues.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Food service and catering
  • Food for special occasions
  • Food preparation and processing
  • Nutrition and consumption
  • Food trends

Design & Technology – 3D Printing - Elective

This course is designed to enable students to explore the realms of digital design. Students are guided through the use and application of CAD modelling software and will explore the design process to develop solutions to a variety of design challenges. These activities will culminate in the 3D printing of individual students' work using the recently developed specialised 3D printing lab and the  3D printing machines available to students here at SHHS. This course will develop a strong design skill set that will form a solid foundation for students considering further study in the field of design.

Design & Technology – Electrotechnology - Elective

The course is designed to give students who have no background in electronics the opportunity to investigate and experience the exciting world of microelectronics. Students will learn the functions of electronic components, analogue and digital systems, and integrated circuits so that they will be able to design their own circuits. Projects may include a miniature 'spy bug', timing devices, roulette wheel, sirens a metal detector, security systems, a CB radio and for advanced students a robotic vehicle. Students will as the course progresses also be able to design projects of their own choice.

The application of electronics CAD software will allow students to experiment with a wide range of circuit designs which can be tested on the computer. This electronics course will help students interested in discovering a fun new hobby or following a career in security systems, engineering, telecommunications, computing or electronics.

Design & Technology – Timber Laminating – Elective

This is a very popular subject and comprises laminating and vacuum forming, woodcrafts and wood machining.

All students design and construct a major project of their own choice of either a street board or downhill long board, skateboard deck. Every opportunity is given to encourage freedom of expression in designing such projects and many students include other materials such as allied materials, metal fittings, fabrics and various timber finishes.

Students are taught to safely use a wide variety of woodworking machines such as lathes, jig saws and various portable power tools.