NCEA L1 Materials Technology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. McLean

Recommended Prior Learning

An open mind, an inventive mind, an enthusiasm, and work ethic that enables you to look for the relevant knowledge that will help you solve a problem or invent a solution.

Technology is a subject that uses the knowledge that you have gained from other subject areas and applies that knowledge to solve a problem or a need.

You may see an opportunity in the world around you and feel that you could invent something to fill that opportunity. Technology at Level 1 gives you the training to do this. 

Practical and thinking skills are required. A variety of different materials are available for you to design your end product or final outcome.

Technology can lead to so many different career pathways. Whether you want to be an Engineer, an Architect, a Tradesman, a Scientist or a Designer, Technology is a great subject to study.

It uses the Technology Design Process of thinking through initial designs and then developing these ideas, by consulting with your clients, to produce the final outcome/practical solution. It is the subject of invention.

Course Overview

Term 1
You will start off with a teacher-given workshop project. This project will give you the opportunity to use a range of different materials.
The aim is for you to become familiar with all the equipment, within the workshop, that you will be using for your own project making in Term 2.
As you become familiar with the equipment and what they are designed to do, you will take the achievement standard 91057 which reflects and assesses this learning.
During this term, you will also start thinking about your main project.
AS 91057 Implement basic procedures using resistant materials to make a specified product (int. Credits 6) to be taken in Term 1.

Term 2
You will be tasked with designing and then making a working prototype of a mechanical toy. You will be able to chose relevant and appropriate materials and equipment having learnt in Term 1 the importance of choosing the right materials and equipment for the job at hand.
You will be following the Technological Design Process.
AS 91044 Undertake a brief to address a need or opportunity (Int. Credits 4). You will start this achievement standard which runs alongside AS 91047 Undertake development to make a prototype to address a brief (Int. Credits 6)

Term 3
Having started to test and trial your final outcome/prototype, you will now know which materials you have chosen whether they be wood, plastic, metal or anything else to help you complete your project.
You will then begin the external assessment based around the understanding of the materials that you have used. This external, written paper, is a discussion and justification of which of these materials you have chosen and why you have chosen a particular material for a particular function.
You will also be continuing with your project making with the aim to have both the Brief and Final Outcome completed by the end of this term.
AS 91049 Demonstrate understanding of how materials enable technological products to function (Ext. Credits 4).

Term 4
In this term you will be tidying up and completing the External achievement standard.

Learning Areas:

NCEA Level 1, Technology - Hangarau


NCEA L2 Graphics and Design

The design process is very similar in both Graphics and Materials Technology. So, it is good to take both but, if this is not feasible, then they can be interchanged as you progress through to Levels 2 and 3.

Career Pathways

Industrial Designer, Copywriter, Survey Technician, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Paramedic, Anaesthetic Technician, Business Analyst, Software Developer, Patternmaker, Aquaculture Farmer, Marine Biologist, Medical Physicist, Electronics Engineer, Bank Worker, Biochemist, Biomedical Engineer, Biotechnologist, Fabrication Engineer, Cabinet Maker, Clinical Physiologist, Farm Assistant, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Cutter, Fashion Designer, Sewing Machinist, Diver, Telecommunications Technician, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Information Technology Manager, Technical Writer, Systems Administrator, Oral Health Therapist, Medical Imaging Technologist, Workplace Relations Adviser, General Practitioner, Electronics Trades Worker, Electrical Engineering Technician, Lift Technician, Human Resources Adviser, Energy and Chemical Plant Operator, Information Technology Architect, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Welder, Ranger, Marine Engineer, Food Technologist, Forestry Scientist, Furniture Finisher, Upholsterer, Geophysicist, Health Services Manager, Industrial Spray Painter, Radiation Therapist, Purchasing/Supply Officer, Production Manager, Project Manager, Recruitment Consultant, Saw Doctor, Secondary School Teacher, User Experience Designer, Test Analyst, Network Administrator, Geospatial Specialist, Security Analyst, Penetration Tester, Security Consultant, Scrum Master, Garment Technician, Fire Engineer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A3 clearfile portfolio would be useful. It is not compulsory but definitely recommended.

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