Design & Technology (Year 7)

Design and Technology in Year 7 is about preparing students with the technical knowledge needed to build on over the next four years. Students are given challenging design briefs from across the Faculty in which to complete. The projects last around 8 weeks and each students will complete 7 projects over the period of Year 7.

Rocket Science (Introductory Module)

Over the first 6 weeks in Year 7, students are taught about the design process where they are given the opportunity to work in teams to research, design, develop, test, manufacture and evaluate their very own pneumatic rockets.


Students are asked to design their very own flash drive as part of a promotional gift for an event of their choice. Students will use CAD (computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) to produce their flash drive.

Dice Breaker

Students are introduced into the basics of Electronics with the Dice Breaker project. In this project students will be soldering a pre manufactured PCB to manufacture an Electronic Dice that can be used with board games.

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Wonderland is a place, like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger! Some say to survive it you have to be “Mad as a Hatter”. The Mad Hatter needs your skills and imagination to prove to Alice that she can achieve the impossible. You are to create a range of food products that are just a little bit out of the ordinary to serve at the Mad Hatters Tea Party showing your creative skills to the max!

Cover Up

Over the last three years there has been a huge shift away from laptops as people buy tablets such as IPads for their ease of use, convenience and price. One of the main users of the tablets are teenagers. With this new trend being so evident, you are required to manufacture a new tablet case for today’s fashion conscious teenager.

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