In Years 7 and 8, students further investigate design and technology professions and the contributions that each makes to society locally, regionally and globally through creativity, innovation and enterprise, such as the role of plant breeders, agronomists and horticulturists.
Students consider the ways characteristics and properties of technologies can be combined to design and produce sustainable designed solutions to problems for individuals and the community, considering society and ethics, and economic, environmental and social sustainability factors. They use creativity, innovation and enterprise skills with increasing independence and collaboration to create managed environments to produce food and fibre.
Through food and fibre connections, they may use a range of technologies including a variety of graphical representation techniques to communicate, generate and clarify ideas through sketching, modelling and technical drawing, for example, drawing and annotating concept sketches and producing aerial views of designed environments.
With greater autonomy, students identify the sequences and steps involved in design tasks. They develop plans to manage design tasks, including safe and responsible use of materials and tools, and apply management plans to successfully complete design tasks. Students respond to feedback from others and evaluate design processes used and designed solutions for preferred futures. They evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of design ideas and technologies.
By the end of Year 8, students will have had the opportunity to create designed solutions at least once in Design and Technologies for the food and fibre production technologies context. Students establish safety procedures that minimise risk and manage a project with safety and efficiency in mind when making designed solutions, including when designing sustainable managed environments.