Aims and Philosophy
- To develop pupils’ ability to solve problems by engaging in the research, design, implementation and evaluation aspects of technological activities.
- To develop pupils’ understanding of the importance of design and technology in modern society.
- To encourage pupils to apply knowledge and skills by thinking and acting confidently, imaginatively, creatively and with sensitivity.
- To develop the intellectual capacity and practical skills of pupils through the process of designing and practical applications
- To promote collaborative skills.
- To support pupils to become confident, proficient and independent learners in the use of ICT.
- To provide pupils with the opportunity to achieve high levels of competence in subjects within the Craft Design and Technology department which are relevant to today’s workplace and wider applications.
- Weekly after school workshops for Standard Grade and Higher pupils.
- Significant numbers of pupils go on to study Craft, Design & Technology at College and University.
- Guest speakers from industry are also invited to share their experiences with pupils and provide inspiration. A General Manager from Rolls Royce joined the department in a previous session to demonstrate a £5 million prototype car. The CDT staff, of course, felt compelled to join him for a test drive!
- In previous years teams have been entered in the CITB School Construction Challenge, making it through to the finals.
- Every year several teams are entered in the Rotary Technology competition. In recent years the S3/4 team and the S5/S6 team have produced winning designs and returned to school triumphant with glass trophies.
- Many trips are planned by the department for pupils. eg The Fantastic Plastic Roadshow at Napier University, Tim Stead’s furniture workshop.
Mr S Roy