Technology - Curriculum
Courses in the department enable students to better understand the rôle of technology and its impact upon the world. This is achieved by studying applied electronics, properties of materials, structural mechanics and embedded systems from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint.
Technology at the High School is essentially split into four different sections. Initially all pupils will encounter technology and graphic communication while studying in Forms 1 and 2, after this, they can choose Engineering Science. Students may then continue their studies by following the Higher course and ultimately the Advanced Higher.
Higher Grade Technological Studies is highly regarded by university engineering departments, providing students with a very useful range of knowledge and skills. Technological Studies is a qualification for entry to most engineering courses.
Visual communication has been revolutionised by advances in computer graphics. Using the latest 3D CAD software, the Graphic Communication course will provide students with understanding and graphical skills so that they can communicate effectively in today’s technological society.
The course develops both manual and computer aided design skills and will be of use to students who are considering further study in the areas of architecture, draughting, science, engineering, surveying and design. The student’s work can also be realised in 3D using the department’s 3D printer.
The Technology Club for Form 2 children is in its fifth year. Pupils build a range of circuits which they can keep. These circuits introduce them to a range of circuit principles. They also build and program Arduino controlled robotic vehicles.
Aviation Enrichment is a new venture for Form 5 and 6 students who are interested in flying privately or commercially. It aims to explore with them the theoretical background to aviation through lectures, discussions and visits.
Mr Christopher Rose has taught Technology and Graphic Communication for many years and is the current Head of Department. His particular interest is in embedded systems and 3D CAD.
Mr David Preston combines the teaching of Technology and Graphic Communication with his role in the CCF.
They both have experience in the world of engineering.
For further information, please see the curriculum pages.