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Design & Technology

WELCOME TO THE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Students at Southam College are provided with a broad range of exciting opportunities in Design and Technology. The Design and Technology Department is staffed by experienced specialist teachers in the areas of Electronic Products, Food Technology, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials Technology, Textiles Technology, Engineering, Construction and Product Design.

IMPORTANCE OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

“In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.”

RESOURCES AND ACCOMMODATION

The D&T department is located in a self-contained suite of 8 teaching rooms. There are specialist rooms for: Electronic Products, Food Technology, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials Technology (including Engineering and Carpentry) and Textile Technology. 2 rooms are also equipped with networked PC’s for use in aspects of research, presentation, data analysis and Computer Aided Design (CAD). The department has a range of machines dedicated for Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) which include vinyl and card cutters, engravers, a router, a laser cutter and computerised embroidery machines.

EXTENDED CURRICULUM

There are several extra-curricular activities offered through the Department.

The College has a team of engineers building and driving an electric car for the Greenpower Challenge, raced at several venues throughout the year. Year 10 Textiles students have the opportunity to design, make and model outfits as part of the annual Warwickshire College Fashion Show.

Trips are offered throughout the year to support students in various aspects of their courses, for example GCSE Food Students visit The Good Food Show at the NEC and Year 7 visit Snibston Discovery Centre as part of a whole school enrichment day.

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