Systems Technology

Year 8
Subject Information

This is a compulsory semester-length course. Additionally, students can choose to do either one semester of Wood and Metal Construction or one semester of Food and Textiles Technology.

Subject Description

The Norwood Morialta High School has a STEM focus. All students are exposed to programming and electronics at Year 8.
The first module is aimed at introducing students to electronics. Students will have the opportunity to study simple electronic circuits, including their basic components, assembly techniques and fault-finding. Students will design a circuit display and flashing light applications. In constructing a simple circuit layout they will be introduced to soldering and CAD drawing interpretation. Working with simple robotics and computer control is an integral part of the course.
In the second module, students are introduced to programming through Scratch. This teaches students how to give instructions to the computer so that it will perform simple tasks, without any complicated programming language to learn. It includes on-screen simulation for testing their programs. Students create simple animations and/or games. 
Students use the Design Cycle, a process approaching industry standard, to communicate their thinking in designing, developing and testing their circuit boards and programs. 

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A USB memory stick is required for backing up files. Earphones are required so that students ca test audio elements in their programs.

Criterion A:

Inquiring & Analysing

Criterion C:

Creating the Solution

Criterion B:

Developing Ideas

Criterion D:


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