In this course students will choose a focus from the areas of Industry and Entrepreneurial Solutions, Robotic and Electronic Systems, Digital Communication Solutions, Material Products or Digital Technologies. Within each focus there is learning about investigating and analysing the purpose, design features, materials or resources and production techniques. Students will develop design briefs, deconstruct problems, and plan, explore and evaluate possible solutions. Within the digital technologies focus there will also be learning about analysing real world data sets. Students will opt to be assessed using either the SACE Design, Technology and Engineering or Digital Technologies frameworks.

Industry and Entrepreneurial Solutions

Architecture, transport design, aerospace, maritime, food industry, etc. equipment

Robotic and Electronic Systems

Robotics, microcontrollers such as arduino, biomedical engineering, autonomous systems, mechanical systems, pneumatic and/or hydraulic systems, IoT and sensors, communications

Digital Communication Solutions

Graphics, film design, app development, CAD/CAM, digital animation, sound, web design

Material Products

Composite materials, plastics, jewellery manufacturing. This may use 3D printers and/or laser cutters.

Digital Technologies

Application of a general-purpose programming language such as C++, java, python

This course may link to most of the other courses offered, depending on the choice of focus. For example, the digital technologies focus links strongly to Stage 2 Mathematics through the analysis of real world data sets, several options within the digital communications solutions focus link strongly to Stage 2 English through creation of media texts, and most Science courses link to a range of specific focuses, such as biology and biomedical engineering.

Stage 2 Design, Technology and Engineering or Digital Technologies