Somerville Secondary College


Featured Learning AreaDesign and Technologies
Additional Learning AreasArts/Engineering principles and systems
Learning Capabilities DevelopedCritical and creative thinking and planning. Developing, refining and evaluating design solutions. Production capabilities.


This elective is designed to give students the experience of developing practical design and manufacture skills working with metal, wood, and plastics to make functioning products. The course includes opportunities to use both hand and computer – based drawing skills and computer aided manufacturing processes.

Students will follow the Design Process to design, create and manufacture their own solutions to different design problems. Students will choose from a number of design challenges which will allow them to become familiar with a range of materials, tools and equipment used to fabricate, join, shape and finish a range of materials. The safe use of tools and machines and safe work practices within a workshop environment is covered.

Activities will require the completion of a research task into materials, creating a design portfolio and employing the Design Process (investigating, designing, producing and evaluating) to design and make their own products.