Materials Technology

Technology is increasingly important in our everyday lives. Studying Materials Technology is strongly recommended for students considering a career in manufacturing, construction and infrastructure and primary industries. This subject allows for acceptance and further study at Trades, Diploma and Degree level.

Years 9 and 10

Technology education presents students with rich and varied experiences to problem solve through practical activities.

Through engagement in Materials Technology our aim is for students to:

  • have the opportunity to enjoy their experiences in Materials Technology
  • undertake technological practice
  • develop effective communication skills
  • acquire knowledge and skills
  • develop quality practical outcomes
  • manage time effectively
  • develop safe codes of practice
  • develop critical/creative thinking skills
  • be able to work independently and as a member of a group
  • work within a safe environment
     

Students studying Technology at years 9 and 10 will work through a balanced programme covering problem solving, developing knowledge of materials with an emphasis on practical skills.

Year 9 and 10 Materials Technology programmes lead to NCEA courses at years 11 to 13.

Years 11 to 13

Materials Technology is offered at each year level, dependent on numbers.

It is student subject centred, which builds on the knowledge and practical skills developed at Years 9 and 10. Students further develop their problem solving skills in a practical environment with a focus on carefully planned out and well designed and constructed projects.

Through engagement in Materials Technology we aim for students to:

  • have the opportunity to enjoy their experiences in technology
  • undertake technological practice
  • develop effective communication skills
  • work within a range of community contexts
  • acquire knowledge and skills
  • develop quality outcomes
  • manage time effectively
  • respect codes of practice
  • analyse and evaluate own and others' practice
  • develop critical/creative thinking skills
  • be able to work independently and as a member of a group
  • work within a safe environment