Materials is a hands-on course where students will have the opportunity to produce a range of challenging and interesting projects. This course introduces students to the following;
- A range of materials to work with such as Wood, Metal and Plastic.
- Skill development in a wide range of tools and processes such as welding, machining, drilling.
- Use of Computer Controlled machinery such as laser cutters, plasma cutters and 3D printers.
With the freedom to develop their own design ideas, this course is rich in problem-solving and design development skills. Students will apply the design cycle to investigate ideas, generate concepts, plan, produce and evaluate designed solutions. There is a strong emphasis on working safely in the workshop setting.
Students will create solutions to problems by:
- Investigating and defining
- Producing and implementing
- Collaborating and managing
The following non-technical Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills will be explicitly taught through the course:
- Research: Information Literacy – Make connections between various sources of information.
- Thinking: Critical Thinking – Propose and evaluate a variety of solutions.
- Self-Management: Affective Skills – Resilience
- Social: Collaboration Skills – Give and receive meaningful feedback.