Design Centre

Technology and Applied Studies

Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) is a secondary school subject area taught in the St Andrew’s Design Centre, aiming to provide opportunities for students to explore a scenario, think about the possibilities, decide on a course of action, experiment, play and create and then sit back to reflect and evaluate.

Extensive subject selection

Using all of the listed technologies, TAS subjects are offered from Stage 4 to Stage 6.
Stage 4
Technology  is mandatory for all Year  7 and 8 students and focused on solving problems. Starting with a design brief, students engage with a range of technologies, materials and learning skills to develop solutions.
Stage 5
Textiles Technology involves working with fibre, yarn and fabric to create textile products in a range of focus areas.
Industrial Technology encompasses learning about and working timber to develop specialised hand skills and using specialised power tools.
Information and Software Technology involves about learning specialised computer application software and hardware systems.
Design and Technology is the broadest of our electives students looking at real world scenarios, focusing on problems and developing solutions with products, systems and environments. Students  can work with multiple technologies.
Stage 6
Software Design and Development is a more intensive course covering computer programing and control systems.
Textiles and Design is a project based design course that involves understanding and making highly skilled products using fibre, yarn and fabric.
Design and Technology is a more intensive course that involves solving real world problems using products, systems and environments.

A world of interactive technologies

The Design Centre has long been integrating computer based learning into teaching practise with two computer labs available and three wireless laptop trolleys.  In 2013, a trial of many design based apps on the iPads is occurring, however, the focus will be teaching students solid design skills through the powerful software that only a more traditional computer can offer. Colour A3 printing is also a huge advantage for printing portfolio work and students graphic design work.

Other technologies available to students in the Design Centre include:
SolidWorks + Adobe Master Collection, industry standard CAD (computer aided design) software used by many of the leading tertiary institutions. Many of our students have been greatly advantaged through having access to this software in high school. In TAS, students use this software to create web pages, digitise images, alter images, create vector drawings for the laser cutter and make animations and movies.
Laser Cutter that allows students to cut or engrave glass, mirrors, timber (and even iPads) with hand drawn or digital images.  Students can focus on the positive or the negative when cutting to create, for example, lacework in textiles, screen prints and stencils, slotted timber tables or acrylic cake stands.
3D Printer (Rapid Prototyper), the latest in school based technologies, allows designs to be printed in-house rather than outsourcing student work to UTS or online printing companies. Currently, Year 8 students have printed pieces of furniture for their ‘dream house,’ while others are designing water bottles and producing scale models of their designs.
Vacuum former is used to shape plastic, through using heat and pressure.
Festool power tools that allow students learn and demonstrate skill acquisition before moving onto more sophisticated machinery making high end products.
CAM (Computer Aided Machine) sewing machines that allow students to design logo, motifs, typography on computer, download these designs to the sewing machine and stitch these designs onto fabric.
Heat transfer technology enables colour printing of design on to transfer paper that are pressed on to a surface using 240° heat. For example, to create jigsaw puzzles, unique T-shirt designs and a photo base for freehand machine embroidery.
RISO screen print machine used to create colourful screen prints to be transferred onto a wide range of surfaces and objects.
MINDSTORM is a range of Lego robots that use NXT intelligent bricks to make the system work. We have a full set of hardware so that each student in Year 7 can work in a small group and create their own robot and understand the programming that goes into creating this system.

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