Welcome to our Technology Centre which was opened in 2003 by the Prime Minister, Helen Clark. Students are offered opportunities to develop their Technological skills using our problem-based learning and thinking skills. Class sizes of around 20 means that these teachers can offer a high quality programme to each student. The Technology Centre has four studios, food and bio technology, soft materials, robotics and electronics and hard materials.
The Technology Centre is staffed by three specialist teachers, lead by Mrs Sharon Jones and supported by Mrs Kushlagh Thompson and Ms Heidi Fegan.
As in all areas of learning in the school, students are encouraged to show initiative, be creative, independent, reflective and take responsibility for not only their learning, but their practical work as well.
Studio One: Mrs KushlaghThompson, Ms Heidi Fegan and Mrs Sharon Jones –Hard Materials: Design and construct products using a selection of materials including tin and aluminium, native woods, plastics and a range of natural materials.
Studio Two: Mrs Kushlagh Thompson – Robotics and Electronics: Creating products involving circuits, designing, constructing and programming robots for specific situations and designing and constructing paper mechanisms with a simple circuit for marketing.
Studio Three: Mrs Sharon Jones- Food and Bio Technology: Food Technology; Designing their own recipes to suit the wants and needs of clients. Bio Technology; Using living organisms to make products which students are required to then market, using knowledge of advertising strategies.
Studio Four: Ms Heidi Fegan- Soft Materials: Working through the design process and exploring fabric construction techniques by using appropriate tools to create a product that meets a need or an opportunity.