Advanced Make and Create

Course Overview

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What is technology about?
Technology at Ao Tawhiti is about enabling students 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?
Level 78 Technology at Ao Tawhiti is a practical course in which students investigate selected contexts and apply design skills, techniques and processes to design, develop and manufacture technological outcomes. At 78 level, students identify projects relating to their own interest areas and have opportunities to focus at an in depth level on this project across the year with either a design and visual communications or construction and manufacturing focus As part of this project students will produce a portfolio detailing the process they have followed through the year. Over the year students will learn elements of instrumental drawing; freehand sketching; project planning; advanced materials technology skills and techniques and may involve other areas such as electronics, digital graphic design, fabrics and 3D modelling

What kinds of projects can I make?
Students working at the 78 curriculum level will be developing design outcomes that resolve complex design issues or problems. The products students develop in the first half of the year need to be complex enough to allow students to demonstrate advanced manufacturing skills. Examples of projects students in previous years have made include: bespoke height adjustable speaker stands; boot mounted portable boom box for vehicles; mobile art work station; book and music storage shelf with LED lighting.

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
78TEC course runs over the whole year as two half year semester’s at Ao Tawhiti . Each semester has one key project focus and summative assessment occurs at the end of term 2 and the end of term 4.1. It is strongly recommended that students take the course over the whole year to enable time to complete all assessments .NCEA assessments are not compulsory in technology and while we indicate assessments as being connected to particular parts of the year, 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.

Advanced Make(Term 1 and 2 ) - 78TEC
Jared Gallagher
Students are supported to identify a key first project and will develop the design understanding to plan, design and construct an advanced outcome. Students with a strong interest in design have the option to focus on an architectural or spatial design brief rather than manufacturing a product at this stage of the year. Students will be supported to identify and select a starting point for this first project,whether it be an physical product or a conceptual design can be individually selected and defined for each student
Credits: Level 2: 10 internal; Level 3: 6 internal + 6 external (to be submitted at end of year)
Level 1 Literacy: No Level 1 Numeracy: Yes UE Literacy: No
Connections: Leads to Innovate in terms 3-4.

Advanced Innovate (Term 3-4) - 78TEC
Jared Gallagher
Students will extend technological knowledge learned during ‘advanced make’ through a second project. Students have the opportunity to select a design context to interrogate and will develop a design outcome relating to either a design and visual communication or construction and manufacturing context.
Credits: Level 2: 7 External; Level 3: 6 internal + 4 external
Level 1 Literacy:No Level 1 Numeracy: Yes UE Literacy: No

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 2: 17 ; Level 3: 22

Courses offered per block.

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