Design and Technology

Design and Technology is by necessity, a dynamic and changing subject. Each year the curriculum grows to include new equipment and topics. Wherever possible, cross-curricular links are formed to entrench and enrich the student’s classroom experience. The centre has the facility to offer every boy, from grade 3 to grade7, tuition in a variety of areas including food technology; microelectronics and electricity used in the home; robotics - computer programming and problem solving; pneumatics, mechanics and micro-electronics; computer-assisted design and photography, video editing and sound mixing.

A typical project starts with discussion of a problem or challenge. Here the boys may be taught a specific skill or concept. The students then design a few possible solutions, estimate materials required, price and plan the weekly progress. They then move to the extensive workshop facility to make their artefact. Testing and modifying is the next phase, thereafter they work on its aesthetic qualities prior to its evaluation either by his peer group or teacher. The emphasis in the higher grades is on self-sufficiency, innovation and self-evaluation. These elements, coupled to the exposure to new skills and entrepreneurship, offers a wonderful opportunity for gaining life skills and career guidance.