Make and Create

Course Overview

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What is technology about?
Technology at Ao Tawhiti is about providing students with the opportunities learn and apply the skills and knowledge to develop technological outcomes that meet social, environmental and physical needs. Technological outcomes are all around us, and we interact with these outcomes everyday, from the electronic devices we use, to the clothing items we wear and the transportation we use to get around. Skilled technologists are able to identify and interrogate a context or issue and design innovative outcomes that meet a need or opportunity coming from this context or issue.

What will I learn?
Students will learn a range of design skills and knowledge including sketching and drawing, the design process design modelling and prototyping approaches and presentation techniques as well as practical maker skills such as using machine and hand tools to cut, shape, join and finish resistant materials. Students will also learn to develop skills and techniques to manage their own projects independently and will produce a digital portfolio detailing the process they have followed. The focus of the course is on developing innovative outcomes and students are encouraged to start from their own experiences when selecting a design issue.

What kinds of projects can I make?
During the course students have the opportunity to engage with a design issue that could lead to an outcome made from a variety of materials and techniques. In previous years students have developed skateboard storage solutions, coffee tables, shelving units, dog kennels, electric vehicles, a boom box… to name a few

Educational Pathways in Technology at Ao Tawhiti
Students who take 6TEC are preparing themselves for opportunities in 78TEC where students have the choice to focus more on either design and visual communications or construction and manufacturing.

Vocational Pathways
This course provides students with assessment opportunities which align with the following vocational pathways: construction, manufacturing and technology, creative industries and primary industries. COURSE STRUCTURE
6TEC runs over the whole year as two half year semester’s, with one key project per semester. Its strongly recommended that students take the course over the whole year to ensure they have adequate time to complete projects and assessments. NCEA assessments are not compulsory in technology and while we indicate assessments as being connected to particular courses, these are flexible. In other words, you can negotiate assessment opportunities with your Technology Learning Advisor. More information on this will be provided in class. See last page of this booklet for a list of standards available during the year in Technology classes.

Make(Term 1 and 2 ) - 6TEC
Jared Gallagher
Students are introduced to the key concepts involved in the technological process and will work to manufacture an outcome based on their interest area. During make students will develop design thinking, sketching and drawing knowledge and skills as well as manufacturing and planning knowledge, skills and techniques.
Maximum Credits Available: 10, Level 1 Internal + 9 Level 1 external (this is the total number of external assessment credits available in 6TEC over the whole year and will be submitted as a portfolio at the end of year)
Level 1 Literacy: No Level 1 Numeracy: Yes UE Literacy: No
Connections: Leads to Innovate in terms 3-4.

Innovate (Term 3-4) - 6TEC
Jared Gallagher
Students will build on the technological knowledge learned during ‘make’ in a second project focusing on either a product or spacial design project.
Maximum Credits Available: 6 Level 1 Internal + 9 Level 1 External (this is the total number of external assessment credits available in 6TEC over the whole year and will be submitted as a portfolio at the end of year)
Level 1 Literacy: Yes Level 1 Numeracy: No UE Literacy: No
Connections: Leads to 78TEC
Assessment Dates
At the beginning of each block you will be advised of the dates for each assessment. The Assessments will be in the form of take-home assignments. Each assessment is due by the end of the term in which it has been offered.

Further Assessment Opportunities
Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school policy, following national guidelines, is to allow one reassessment opportunity for internally assessed standards where feasible for students who failed to gain credit or higher at the first attempt. Students will also need to demonstrate that they have made progress in their learning since the first assessment to make the second opportunity worthwhile. Students should this read course outline carefully to make sure that they fully understand reassessment as it applies to this subject.

If a resubmission on any internally assessed standard is required by the Learning Advisor, the student will be instructed to attend a verbal and/or written resubmission class. Here they will be given the opportunity to provide verbal or written corrections and/or validation of their work. In the case of reassessments, students will be given a maximum of five weeks following the final due date, to hand in work for reassessment.

Assessment work completed must be your own work. For each assessment submitted, you will be asked to sign a statutory declaration confirming that the work is your own. Where evidence indicates work presented is not your own, the school policy on “Breaches of the Rules” will be followed.

Retention of Student Work
Student internal assessment material will be retained by the department until it is no longer required for moderation purposes.

Appeals of grades awarded are to be made within two weeks of the return of the assessed work. Where a grade is appealed, school policy will be followed.

Late work
Student work is due on the date set at the time of the assessment activity. Late work will not be accepted unless an extension has been arranged with the LA before the due date.

Non submission of work / No assessment taken place
No grade will be awarded when no assessment has taken place for whatever reason.

Verification of Grades
Students will be required to verify grades awarded by signing the results slip attached to each piece of internally assessed work.

Questions, concerns, other matters
Please direct questions to


Total NCEA credits available at Level 1: 25

Courses offered per block.

TitleLA CodeBlockYear
Light it up! (Extended)JARG2.22020
Light it up! (2.1)JARG2.12020
Light it up! (1.2)JARG1.22020
Light it up! (1.1)JARG1.12020