Year 9 Technology Electives

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Bake House

Bake House continues to expose students to some of the concepts experienced in Years 7/8 Food Studies and will introduce them to concepts required when continuing their studies in the Senior Food Courses. Students will research, design, produce and evaluate products based around foods involved in the field of bakery.

Students will experience theory sessions where they will be investigating elements of bakery products such as types of ingredients, their functions and nutritional value and different processes involved in baked goods. Students will then apply that knowledge to a practical sessions.

Design for a Sustainable Future

Design for a Sustainable Future is a semester long elective subject. If you choose this subject you can expect to complete a range of classroom discussions, learning tasks and group projects. You will build an understanding of the principles of recycling, waste management, sustainability of materials, composting, permaculture, community development and safety in product design.

Classes will incorporate laser cutter, recycling machines, injection moulder and vinyl cutting technologies. There will be an emphasis on workshop/machinery safety, the correct use of hand tools.

This subject provides students with the opportunity to enhance, demonstrate and document work ready skills appropriate to their personal areas of interest. Areas of study within this course will be:
Waste Management
Sustainability of materials
Recycling
Composting
Permaculture
Entrepreneurship
Leadership
Critical Analysis
Ethical and Sustainable production
Safety in product design
Technology in sustainability
Community development

Digital Technologies

The Digital Technologies course builds on students’ skills and knowledge from Years 7/8. The course encourages students to use problem solving skills to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions, considering the needs of the client and end user.

The course provides practical opportunities for students to explore innovative digital solutions through the use of various computer programs and languages.

Students are required to:

  • Analyse, design, develop and evaluate a website, following a given brief, using HTML, CSS and Javascript.
  • Learn about cyber security by demonstrating understanding of computer network threats and security measures.
  • Create an interactive solution using spreadsheet software to fulfil a given need.
    This subject provides a pathway to VCE Applied Computing and further study at  VCAL/TAFE

Fashion Product Design

Fashion Product Design involves learning how to create quality designed solutions in response to a client brief. Students consider the economic, environmental and social impacts of the technology and take into account the ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors that inform the design processes. Students complete a folio that includes a detailed client based design brief, creative and on trend research, colourful fashion design sketches and an evaluation criteria that justifies improvements or modifications.

Students learn how to design and make clothing. They undertake a variety of construction and sewing techniques to either produce a hoody of their colour choice, or creatively repurpose an Op shop garment into fashionable clothing. Students learn advanced sewing techniques, use the over locker, create vinyl stickers to iron onto clothing and will have access to an embroidery machine for sewing creative embellishments.

This subject leads to VCE Product Design – Fashion.

Food Studies

Year 9 Food Studies continues some of the concepts experienced in year 7/8 in more detail and introduces concepts required when continuing their studies in Senior Food Study Courses. Students will learn how to research, design, produce and evaluate meals. Students will experience theory sessions where they will be looking at food groups, nutrition, events and environmental factors affecting food choices in today’s world. Students will then experience practical sessions where they apply the concepts studied. Students will be producing meals from a variety of food groups, countries and produce. They will be involved in projects such as designing breakfasts, lunches and party events. These meals will form a great resource for future dining and prepare them for Senior Food Studies. Students need to complete two GATs based on the design process.

Furniture Product Design

Furniture Product Design involves the creation of quality designed solutions in response to a client brief, where students produce a final product. Students are required to consider the economic, environmental and social impacts of their projects in addition to the functional and aesthetic factors that inform the furniture design processes.

This subject involves the completion of a folio and product that includes a detailed client based design brief, creative and wide ranging research, design sketches and an evaluation that justifies improvements or modifications.

In addition to design skills, students develop a range of practical skills using various techniques, tools and finishing methods. Students are encouraged to work with a variety of materials such as wood, steel, glass, concrete, textiles, plastics, ceramics, specialty paints, alongside other materials supporting sustainable credentials.

Modern techniques such as the use of CAD software and laser cutting technologies are also incorporated. The program suits creative students with keen problem solving skills.

Industrial Product Design

Industrial Product Design involves learning how to create quality designed solutions in response to a client brief. Students consider the economic, environmental and social impacts of the technology and take into account the ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors that inform the design processes.

Students complete a folio that includes a detailed client based design brief, creative and on trend research, design sketches and an evaluation criteria that justifies improvements or modifications.

Students develop practical skills using a range of materials. Classes will incorporate laser cutting technologies, 3D printer and CAD programs. There is an emphasis on workshop / machinery safety, the correct use of hand tools

Systems and Robotics

Students will learn about how electronic and technical systems work and the components that are used to make them. Students will explore electronic circuits creating a series of lighting and sound projects, This unit will have a focus on practical modelling and enhance students abilities to design and solder circuits.

Once you know how to build systems, you will then learn how to control them by using the latest Lego Robotics, EV3. You will build your Robot and then program it do do various tasks using all the sensors, until you have the skills to tackle the ‘Maze’.

Students will support the practical components of their project by studying electromechanical theory, and computer coding. In both tasks students will develop a portfolio of work which documents their design process.

Women in Technology

WiT (Women in Technology, but pronounced like witty) Year 9

This new ‘Girls Only Class’ will allow Year 9’s to explore STEM & Workshop skills that align with the Systems Engineering curriculum.
In its maiden run students will have the chance to help shape the curriculum to their interests as they explore mechanical and electronic systems.
This includes the opportunity to design, build, test, and modify both a speaker system & a remote control robot! It will harness and enhance your creativity, criticality, technical skills, and problem-solving ability.

Students will learn how to independently operate the laser cutter, 3D printer, soldering equipment, and more in the creation of their electronic and mechanical systems. You will discover simple machines that make maths practical, and electronics that bring your ideas to life.
This course introduces students to a variety of VCE STEM classes, and the career pathways which follow, including those in: Design, STEM, Engineering, Computer Modelling & Design, Coding, and Electronics

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