At Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Technologies integrates two distinct but related subjects: Design and Technologies; and Digital Technologies. Our curriculum immerses students in computational and design thinking practices to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities.
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For as long as humans have desired to create solutions to improve their quality of life, technologies have been integral to society. They have the power to deeply impact people and communities, transforming, restoring and sustaining our world.
Students build adaptive and agile thinking strategies to create a vast range of innovative solutions to design briefs. Our Technologies classrooms are fully equipped with 3D printing, robotics, laser cutting and the latest technologies to generate virtual and physical prototyping.
The teaching team comprises specialist teachers with real-world industry expertise in the fields of design and digital technologies. Specialists from industry and tertiary sectors regularly work in residence with students and staff to provide professional guidance, knowledge, and practical skills to develop our courses.
The practical nature of the Technologies learning area engages students in critical and creative thinking, including understanding interrelationships in systems and teams when solving complex problems. A systematic approach to experimentation, problem solving, prototyping and evaluation instils in students the value of planning and reviewing processes to realise ideas.
This subject applies design thinking to envisage creative products, services and environments in response to human needs, wants and opportunities. Designing is a complex and sophisticated form of problem solving that uses divergent and convergent thinking strategies. Designers are separated from the constraints of production processes to allow them to appreciate and exploit new and innovative ideas.
Students are introduced to the concepts of design in practice, commercial design, human-centred design and sustainable design. The subject provides a firm foundation for students interested in the fields of architecture, digital media design, fashion design, graphic design, product design, interior design and landscape architecture.
In Digital Solutions, students learn about algorithms, computer languages and the design of user interfaces as they generate digital solutions to contemporary problems. Girls gain an understanding of the personal, local and global impact of computing, and the issues associated with the ethical integration of technology into our daily lives, while also understanding the need to encrypt and protect data.
‘While it is impossible to forecast where tomorrow’s technology and its concomitant skills demand will lead the next generation, we instill in students the problem-solving skills to approach challenges with purpose, resilience, passion and relevancy in an uncertain future.’
Mr Brendon Thomas, Director of Technologies