Technology education assists students to develop an understanding of the impact of technologies on culture, society and the environment. It provides opportunities across a diverse array of subjects for innovation, creativity, enterprise, management, collaboration and communication. Students research, design, manipulate and produce products, systems and environments using simple to more complex technologies.
Engadine High School has a wide array of Industry standard facilities and equipment that enables us to offer a broad range of courses from Years 7-12. Specialist rooms have equipment and resources that enable students to achieve quality outcomes. Resources include a full hospitality stainless steel kitchen; four wood and metal workshops; a welding bay; an engineering space with a CNC router, laser cutter and 3D printers; two textile rooms; and a dedicated engineering computer lab with CAD software.
Extension programs allow students to use their skills to further develop in different technological areas and especially connect outside the classroom with real life experiences. Students have the opportunity to visit our local community resources such as ANSTO and the University of Wollongong.
TAS students have been involved in:
Welcome to the world of practical problem solving through the major themes of innovation and emerging technologies. Students record their progress in portfolios and work with a variety of mediums including wood, food, graphics, metal, textiles, and computing. Vital life skills such as team work, communication, time management and organisational skills underpin all TAS design projects.
Students learn about the various tools, machines, materials and components that are used in the woodworking field. Students can design their own shaped box and use tools to accomplish skills such as appropriate joining methods, nailing, gluing, disc sanding and finishes. In Year 8, there are opportunities for laminating varieties of timber and utilising computers to add logos and graphics using the laser printer.
Students develop an appreciation of the basics of nutrition, food preparation and hygiene as they relate to everyday life. The Year 7 course gives students numeracy skills through measurement of ingredients and recipe reading. Students enjoy creating foods in teams in fully equipped kitchens. In Year 8, students develop management and marketing skills by creating their own party business utilising apps to determine nutrient content.
This course is designed to teach students how to communicate their ideas using a range of graphical forms. In each rotation students will add to a folio which will include drawings both orthogonal and pictorial.
This course allows students to utilise metal working tools and processes to make a practical product designed by the student using tools such as tin snips, spot welder and magna bend.
Students gain an understanding of basic textile construction and design skills. They apply construction and decorative techniques to fabrics and research the different properties of fabrics and fibres. In year 7 they use sewing machines to make a pair of shorts with packaging and label utilising ICT skills.
Students develop an understanding of the basic principles of engineering and apply principles to rockets and small projects. They gain confidence in using new technologies such as the laser cutter and 3D printer to creative and manufacture quality products.
Students develop knowledge and skills relating to the selection, use and application of materials, tools, machines and processes through the planning and production of quality practical projects. These include tables and cabinets utilising different wood types.
Students are involved in the planning, development and construction of quality practical projects and the writing of project reports.
Students have the opportunity to solve problems in the areas of structures and mechanisms. Modern technologies in ICT and machinery provide opportunities in design with the laser cutter, 3D printer and CNC router.
Students love to develop their skills by building a tower from paddle pop sticks to hold a cricket ball; designing and making a mouse trap, powered vehicles and compressed air rockets; building electronic control circuits; and designing and building a solar powered machine.
Graphics Technology develops in students the ability to read, interpret and produce graphical presentations that communicate information using a variety of techniques and media. The major emphasis of the Graphics Technology syllabus is on students’ actively planning, developing and producing quality graphical presentations.
Students learn to design and develop quality projects by identifying problems and opportunities, researching and investigating existing solutions, analysing data and information, generating, justifying and evaluating ideas and through experimenting with a variety of materials to produce design projects. The course encourages students to take intellectual risks and experiment with resources when developing projects such as multimedia, architectural design, timber and jewellery making.
All students love to cook and this course not only develops knowledge about food properties, processing, preparation and nutrition, students also plan and prepare foods and eat their own cuisine. They learn to cater for small or large scale functions in a hygienic and safe way.
Through experiential and collaborative tasks, students engage in processes of designing, producing, testing, documenting, and evaluating information and software technology-based solutions in one of our computer labs.
Students develop a broad knowledge of the properties, performance and uses of textiles in which fabrics, colouration, yarns and fibres are explored. Project work that includes investigation and experimentation enables students to discriminate in their choices of textiles for particular uses. Students document and communicate their design ideas and experiences and make use of contemporary technology in their project work. Students investigate the work of textile designers and from this research make judgments about the appropriateness of design ideas, the selection of materials and of tools and the quality of textile items.
Students gain knowledge about the growth and development of children under the age of four years. Areas of study include conception, birth and styles of labour, health of expectant mothers, social, physical and emotional development of children. Practical experiences develop skills, such as looking after the computerised real life baby, organising play sessions for toddlers and observing social development in local preschools.
This course provides opportunities for students to develop design projects in areas of individual interest. It also seeks to develop students’ appreciation of the historical and cultural influences on design and the interrelationships of design, technology, society and the environment. It has a unique focus on creativity, innovation and the successful implementation of ideas.
This course develops knowledge through activities that relate to meeting food needs and wants across domestic, commercial and industrial settings. It covers factors that influence food availability, selection and current food consumption patterns in Australia, food handling, safety, role of nutrition in contributing to the health of the individual and food industry. Production and processing practices are examined and their impact evaluated.
This course teaches students about information-based systems. It covers the processes of collecting, organising, analysing, storing and retrieving, processing, transmitting and receiving, and displaying, as well as the technologies that support them. At the completion of this course students will be confident, competent and discriminating users of information processes and information technology. They will appreciate the nature of information, its ethical use and its impact on many aspects of life.
A dynamic course that allows creativity in applying knowledge, values and communication skills required to develop computer programs. The subject provides students with a systematic approach to problem-solving. It provides an opportunity to be creative in a variety of computer applications with excellent career prospects and interesting content.
The focus of this subject is the development of computer-based solutions that require the design of computer software. Specialist computer labs and robotics are an integral part of the course.
This course reflects the important role that textiles play in society. Students investigate textiles through a study of properties and performance. Technology and practical skills are developed and enhanced through the use of textile-related technologies, including those that are computer-based. The concept of design elements and principles, as being both functional and aesthetic and as part of the creative design process, are examined within the specialised field of textiles. Students create a major work within one of five focus areas. They have the opportunity to utilise a fully equipped textile room with digital printer, dyeing and rusting facilities, sewing machines, embellishers, screen printing machines and large range of decorative techniques.
This course allows students to apply knowledge; understanding and skills in aspects of engineering that include telecommunications, aeronautics, engineering mechanics/hydraulics, engineering materials, engineering electricity/electronics historical/societal influences on engineering practice and the scope of the engineering profession.
Students study engineering by investigating a range of applications and fields of engineering. Applications utilising electronics, robotics, CNC router, Laser cutter and 3D printers allow students to explore their theory through practical assessment.
The Exploring Early Childhood course aims to give students an overview of development and related issues within an early childhood context. It provides an opportunity to consider a range of issues in relation to the individual student, their family and the community. As well as reflecting on the personal relevance of childhood issues, students are encouraged to consider the implications for future interactions with children. Units of work incorporate practical experiences as well as assessment with the Real Life computerised baby.
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the diverse nature and interdependence of families and communities, in relation to the changing nature of Australian society. It contributes to empowering people to become active and informed members of society with respect to both living independently and living within our complex society. As part of the HSC, students are required to complete an Independent Research Project.
This course offers students the opportunity to study the interrelationships of technologies, equipment and materials used by industry and to develop skills through the processes of design, planning and production. Students use a range of machinery for specific end uses such as Laser cutter, Mortise Chisel and Domino Cutter. The HSC course requires the development of a Major Project and Industry study. Past students have had their work recognised in the Industrial Technology HSC Indtech Exhibition.