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National 5 Design and Manufacture 2014/15

Catherine Kellett, S4

Design, Engineering and Technology

Technology – the application of knowledge and skills to extend human capabilities and to help satisfy human needs and wants – has had profound effects on society.

Scotland has a strong tradition of excellence and innovation in technological research. This is especially true in areas such as engineering, electronics, optoelectronics, biomedical research, genomics and cell engineering. Scotland’s people need to be skilled in technologies and to be aware of the impact of technologies on society and the environment, now and in the future. Learning in the technologies provides a strong foundation for the development of skills and knowledge which are, and will continue to be, essential in maintaining Scotland’s economic prosperity.

In the Broad General Education experiences and outcomes within the department offer a rich context for the development of all of the four capacities and for developing the life skills that are recognised as being important for success in the world of work. They also offer an excellent platform for a range of technology-related careers.

Young people can progress onto a range of national qualifications spanning from National 4 through to Advanced Higher.

The Design, Engineering and Technology department offers challenging activities which involve research, problem solving, exploration of new and unfamiliar concepts, skills and materials, and the rewarding learning which often results from creating products which have real applications. It provides progression in cognitive skills. Children and young people will develop their creativity and entrepreneurial skills and be encouraged to become innovative and critical designers of the future. These attributes are essential if, in the future, our children and young people are to play a major part in the global economy and embrace technological developments in the 21st century.

S1 DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

DESIGN AND
MANUFACTURE

ENGINEERING
SCIENCE

GRAPHIC
COMMUNICATION

PRACTICAL
WOODWORKING

AUTOMOTIVE
SKILLS

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The S1 course seeks to familiarise learners with the four main contexts of craft, design, engineering and graphics.

Young people work through several exciting projects including design and make tasks featuring metal, wood and plastic; progammable control with the Lego NXT robotics kit and a graphics tasks making use of manual and computer techniques.

The main aim of the course is to enthuse and excite learners about technology and its applications.


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