The Technology and Design Department at Strathearn has two planning rooms, two well-equipped workshops and one systems room.
Mr Atkinson (Head of Department)
Mrs Black (Technician)
The Department aims to
- educate and inspire pupils to think about how we design and create the world in which we live;
- enable pupils to understand the impact that design and creation has on individuals, societies and the world and;
- to give opportunities for pupils to understand and learn the processes, techniques and skills that are required to design, develop and engineer the products, systems and technologies which allow us to sustain and advance our modern way of life.
Overview of work
Across Key Stage 3 pupils will explore various aspects of design and manufacture. They will look at the design process and explore the use of graphic techniques and computer aided design to develop and communicate their design thinking. Pupils will explore a variety of manufacturing techniques including hand skills and the use of computer aided manufacture to realise their designs.
For GCSE study we follow the CCEA Technology and Design Specification specialising in electronics and microprocessor control technologies. Students will also design and produce of an electronic product based on a theme provided by CCEA each year. The pupils will produce a design portfolio outlining their design thinking and communicating their ideas. They will produce plans for manufacture and produce a working prototype.
At A Level we follow the CCEA Technology and Design Specification, specialising in Electronic and microprocessor control systems. At AS level, pupils explore concepts for the redesign of an existing product. They will produce a portfolio which will communicate their design thinking and produce and prototype model of their proposed new design.
At A2, they are asked to design an electronic product. Pupils will produce a design portfolio outlining their design thinking and communicating their ideas. They will produce plans for manufacture and produce a working prototype.
Students who have taken Technology and Design go into a wide range of careers, that includes product and industrial design, engineering, architecture, interior design and graphic design.