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Design and Technologies

Years 7 and 8


Design project: Desktop lamp

Summary of task

Students completed an investigation of lighting technology and design developments over the past century. They developed knowledge and understanding of lighting technologies and the impact they have locally and globally. Students identified key elements and developed three key evaluation criteria for a set design brief (design a sustainable task light that uses LED technology). Using a structured portfolio, students recorded their design work. They developed a range of annotated concept sketches that addressed the evaluation criteria and included the key design features. They created accurate orthogonal drawings of the final design and created a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) model of the final designed solution. Students also investigated how motion can be used to control an electromechanical system such as a switch.

The focus of this task was to design and produce a product for the technologies contexts materials and technologies specialisations and engineering principles and systems.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 8, students explain factors that influence the design of products, services and environments to meet present and future needs. They explain the contribution of design and technology innovations and enterprise to society. Students explain how the features of technologies impact on designed solutions and influence design decisions for each of the prescribed technologies contexts.

Students create designed solutions for each of the prescribed technologies contexts based on an evaluation of needs or opportunities. They develop criteria for success, including sustainability considerations, and use these to judge the suitability of their ideas and designed solutions and processes. They create and adapt design ideas, make considered decisions and communicate to different audiences using appropriate technical terms and a range of technologies and graphical representation techniques. Students apply project management skills to document and use project plans to manage production processes. They independently and safely produce effective designed solutions for the intended purpose.

By the end of Year 8, students explain how social, ethical, technical and sustainability considerations influence the design of innovative and enterprising solutions to meet a range of present and future needs. They explain how the features of technologies influence design and production decisions. Students make choices between different types of networks for defined purposes.

Students explain a range of needs, opportunities or problems and define them in terms of functional requirements and constraints. They collect, authenticate and interpret data from a range of sources to assist in making informed judgements. Students generate and document in digital and non-digital form, design ideas for different audiences using appropriate technical terms, and graphical representation techniques including algorithms. They independently and safely plan, design, test, modify and create a range of digital solutions that meet intended purposes including user interfaces and the use of a programming language. They plan, document and effectively manage processes and resources to produce designed solutions for each of the prescribed technologies contexts. They develop criteria for success, including innovation and sustainability considerations, and use these to judge the suitability of their ideas, solutions and processes. Students use appropriate protocols when collaborating, and creating and communicating ideas, information and solutions face-to-face and online.

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