Technology at Glenunga International High School is structured around two strands- the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) strand and the Maker strand. While there are common elements to both strands such as the design process and problem solving approaches to learning, they indicate an emphasis. The STEM strand focuses on using technologies to problem solve, innovate and create. The Maker strand also has these elements but recognises the world trend in learning for young adults that stresses the need for learning by creating products.
Problem solving is the context of all work undertaken in Technologies at Glenunga. Students investigate, analyse and develop ideas for products or systems in response to a range of problems or needs. They develop skills to communicate their ideas, produce solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their products or systems and the effectiveness of the product realisation process. Developing student’s problem solving skills contributes to their critical thinking skills and their ability to deal with the demands of a rapidly changing world. Students will also develop an understanding of the implications of current and emerging technologies, exploring their responsibilities around the sustainable use of resources and processes.
All programs are mapped against the Australian Curriculum standards. Technologies has 4 focus areas: materials technologies, design and innovation, digital technologies and food technologies. As students’ progress through the curriculum they can choose to specialise in one or more technologies subject areas. Students are able to further develop their skills through a range of VET courses available from Year 10.
For more information on the range of subject choices, please refer to our Curriculum Guide.