In Design and Technology, we love seeing our students solve real-world problems through a multi-layered series of worked solutions. We learn through doing. We are men and women of action! We endeavour to teach students that we must treat problems as opportunities and not simply problems. They cut, shape, join, bend, solder and shave materials into new and creative forms that provide every day solutions to life’s many complexities.
We have a far less traditional classroom—it’s an industrial workshop where our students learn to make and use a wide range of technologies. We have everything we need to get creative in the use of materials, machines and tools in new and interesting ways to serve others, both here and across the world. It is a practical way to teach our students to serve others through solving practical problems. It may even ignite a passion to pursue a career in one of the many fields associated with these skills.
We hope that our students draw from their early experiences in Technology in Year 7 and 8 and apply sophisticated problem-solving techniques, while being creative and servant-hearted through the greater maturity and practical experience gained in their years at ICS.
Senior students are often moving into territories where they have never ventured before! They pioneer their way by learning new skills through research, testing and experimentation. They draw on inspiration from lots of different places as they design and develop expertise in specific fields of study.
We often joke that the other subjects are studied at school in order to support Design and Technology! That is because we draw from every other subject to some degree in our course. We bring them all together into a practical application that can serve and provide solutions for others. It is not uncommon for students to be disappointed when they are told to pack up at the conclusion of a lesson.
More and more we find that our students come to school with little or no previous experience in making things using tools at home. We often rely on specialists to make, fix and repair things in our homes and workplaces. When was the last time you and your son or daughter got in the garage together to pull something apart to try to fix it or cut some timber to build something?
We look forward to the many creative ventures our students delve into in the future. May they provide viable, sustainable, practical solutions through a lifelong love of learning in the world God has provided for us to live.