Technology and Design at West Beechboro Primary School
Technology and Design at West Beechboro is an important part of the school’s overall academic programs and like art, science and physical education, it forms part of our compulsory program for all students enrolled at West Beechboro from years 1 through to 6, formally engage in.
West Beechboro Primary School has a specialist Technology and Design program that is run by Mr. John Francis and all students from years 1 to 6 attend the technology room for one hour of technology and design each week. Technology learning occurs in a hands-on program that provides opportunities for students to design and explore concepts around technology.
Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects:
- Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce solutions for authentic needs and opportunities
- Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement solutions.
In an increasingly technological and complex world, it is important to develop knowledge and skills to analyse and creatively respond to design and/or digital challenges.
Through the practical application of technologies including digital technologies, students develop dexterity and coordination through experiential activities. Technologies motivates young people and engages them in a range of learning experiences that are transferable to family and home, constructive leisure activities, community contribution and the world of work.
Technologies provides students with authentic learning challenges that foster curiosity, confidence, persistence, innovation, creativity, respect and cooperation. These attributes are necessary when using and developing solutions to make sense of complex ideas and relationships in all areas of learning. Technologies helps students to be regional and global citizens, capable of actively and ethically communicating and collaborating.
The school’s technology program aims to develop the knowledge, understandings and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students:
- investigate, design, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions
- are creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time
- make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future
- engage confidently with and responsibly select and manipulate appropriate technologies − materials, data, systems, components, tools and equipment − when designing and creating solutions
- critique, analyse and evaluate problems, needs or opportunities to identify and create solutions.
Throughout the year students will manage projects, independently and collaboratively, from conception to realisation. They will apply design and systems thinking and design processes to investigate ideas, generate and refine ideas, plan, produce and evaluate designed solutions. They develop, through the exploration of this leaning domain in their time at West Beechboro Primary School , their ability to generate innovative designed products, services and environments.
At the present time the school is exploring engineering partnerships with Hampton Senior High School to allow our students to explore technologies at a much higher level through the ‘Bright Spark Program’.
At West Beechboro Primary School we have a ‘Talented and Gifted’ (TAGS) program for senior students, where students attend specialist programs in design and technology, science or art. The technology and design TAGS program has followed a robotics project program where students are empowered to explore robotics and coding through LEGO STORM.
During the program students are afforded the opportunity to explore engineering and computer programing for their robotics designs.