Learning Framework

Middle Years Technological and Applied Studies

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Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) incorporates a wide range of subjects, which provide students with opportunities to engage in innovative and practical design thinking activities, utilising diverse technologies.

Technology and the understanding of design processes enables students to manage, interpret, shape and alter their environment, to improve their quality of life. Studies in TAS integrate both procedural and conceptual knowledge, based on a holistic view of design. Students identify needs that have personal relevance, apply design theory and use design processes that encourage flexibility, resourcefulness and imagination in the development, communication and production of quality solutions.

Students learn about different technologies and use a range of materials, tools and techniques to solve real problems, and to create ideas and solutions in response to needs or opportunities for customers, clients or themselves. They can be used to add functional, aesthetic and environmental value to products.

In Years 7–8, Technology (Mandatory) explores the exciting world of technology for the future. The aim is to develop students' ability to design, produce and evaluate quality solutions that respond to identified opportunities and needs. It enables students to justify solutions and to responsibly, safely and creatively use and select materials, tools and techniques

Year 7

In Year 7, students follow the design and production process from initial ideas through to quality solutions, in a variety of mediums. Students are introduced to computer coding and electronics, using the Edison robot, in an exciting interactive disaster relief project. Students also develop skills in e-Textiles, using computer based machines to create self-designed super heroes and use computer-aided design (CAD), to laser cut fabrics.

Year 8

In Year 8, students enhance their construction skills with a low impact living project that explores sustainable architecture. Students also explore CAD, laser cutting clock designs and their culinary skills in the kitchen as they explore Food on the Go in the Food Technology unit.

Year 9

In Year 9, students may choose from the following TAS subjects as electives:

  • Design and Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Textiles Technology

In Design and Technology, students explore the areas of laser cutting, 3D printing, silicon moulding jewellery making, working with timber and sublimation printing. Budding designers are exposed to new processes and designing for quality solutions.

In Food Technology, students study food and nutrition. Using new tools and technologies, students explore how modern methods impact on health and wellbeing.

In Information and Software Technology, students discover new projects incorporating CoSpaces and Unity to create virtual reality, use a range of software and hardware to develop an augmented reality game. They also continue to develop their problem-solving and design thinking skills in robotics.

In Textiles Technology, students explore creative design processes in interior design and apparel, and the wide range and forms of fabric decoration that enhance projects. Laser cut fabrics add a new dimension to the strong focus on creativity.