design and technology
The Design and Technology Course is offered in the secondary school levels.
In years 7 and 8 the students are given a basic introduction into working with wood. They learn how to use a wide variety of hand tools, as well as developing project design and calculation skills. Projects at this skill level include designing and constructing a musical instrument from recycled materials AND designing and making a name tag carved out of wood.
In years 9 and 10 the students extend their skills using more complex processes and equipment. The two major projects at this level are a clock and chair.
The students research design styles and apply methods to a clock of their own design. Their chairs are an outdoor deck style, adirondack chair or simple folding deck chair - The students also research and design the chairs. They draw up a plan and build it according to those specifications.
VCAL students undertaking this course use and develop their skills building community based projects. The students identify a need, design and construct items and then install them as well. This can include benches, foot bridges, garden boxes, chicken houses, art installations and more!