The IB Design Tech Elves Are Hard At Work!

The Engineering Wing was hopping in September as the 5th Period IB Design Technology Year 1 students were busy building toys for the Toys for Tots campaign.

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Course Description:  Through studying design technology, students should become aware of how designers work and communicate with each other.  In all group 4 subjects there is an emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work.  The group 4 project (which all science students must undertake), mirrors the work of real scientists by encouraging collaboration between schools across the regions.

Past experience shows that students will be able to study a group 4 subject at standard level (SL) successfully with no background in, or previous knowledge of science.  For most students considering the study of a group 4 subject at higher level (HL) however, some previous exposure to the specific subject would be recommended.  Students who have undertaken the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) would be well prepared.  Other national design technology qualifications or a school-based design technology course would also be suitable preparation for study of a group 4 subject at HL.  A design technology students’ approach to study should be characterized by the specific IB learner profile attributes – inquirers, thinkers and communicators.

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