The Technology Curriculum is about designing, making and appraising practical solutions that respond to identified opportunities, problems, needs or enterprising ideas. Using technology involves selecting and applying practical skills, techniques, tools and materials to create design solutions. It is based on the design process in which students are given design challenges and encouraged to think creatively about a range of practical solutions. Understanding both the design process and the use of a variety of available technologies helps people evaluate, manage, shape and modify their environment to improve quality of life.
The design process involves the steps of: analysing needs and problems; establishing criteria for evaluating the success of a solution; researching; generating creative ideas; experimenting and testing ideas; managing risk and resources; applying practical skills and techniques to produce design solutions; and appraising solutions against the established criteria. The technologies used to create design solutions may be traditional, current, developing or emerging.
Design solutions can relate to products, systems and built environments. Design solutions for products may be objects and artefacts, such as those used in fashion, food, agriculture, horticulture and manufacturing industries. Design solutions for systems relate to processes for creating, communicating and managing. They are important in many areas of life and work, particularly in engineering, information and communication, manufacturing and service industries. Design solutions for built environments relate to the use of space and materials, such as those used in architectural, structural, interior and landscape design.
While the Australian Curriculum in this area continues to be developed, Curtin Primary School utilises the ACT curriculum framework, Every Chance to Learn.