Technology & Design
Technology and Design is principally concerned with 'problem solving' which involves the application of scientific principles. There are three distinct areas of study within the subject - Design, Manufacturing and Technological knowledge.
Design - this is essentially the planning and creative part of the subject which involves learning certain graphic skills. But design is not just drawing, it also involves thinking. There is an old saying 'when a thing is designed right it looks right'.
Manufacturing - this is the purely practical section of the course where the pupils realise what they have designed. They learn various manufacturing techniques from the use of hand tools to the use of sophisticated machines. This part of the course is popular with the pupils.
Technological knowledge - there are numerous areas of study e.g. mechanisms, structures, pneumatics, etc. At St Louis we concentrate on electronics and materials technology although we do cover the basic elements of other areas.
In Years 8, 9, and 10 the subject is taught mainly through project work which encompasses these three areas. The pupils are given a design problem to solve which they will approach in a structured way. They investigate the problem, carry out relevant research, and formulate solutions before finally making and testing the finished item.