Year 9 Materials Technology: Product Design

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Stephen


This course is designed to teach students how to solve problems, communicate solutions to others by following a design process and make quality products.  The course will blend more tradition skills and processes with newer technologies used to manufacture products.


We cater for all learning styles by using a combination of verbal, written and practical techniques to ensure that a student meets their potential. You will leave the course with quality take home products that will reflect the skills and knowledge you have developed.

Students will be taught in a project based approach and will have the opportunity to develop projects based on their interests. Students will have the opportunity to work individually and in small groups, collaborating with others on common issues.


As well as preparing students for University in a variety of technology related courses we also teach the skills and knowledge required to be successful in a range of jobs including the trades, engineering, graphic design, architecture and product design.

In Year 12 we also offer an innovative and successful Trades Experience course that is designed to give students an understanding of what is involved in a huge range of trades. They are placed in a range of businesses throughout the year with many being offered an apprenticeship as a result of these placements.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Families/whānau can be charged for the cost of materials when they have agreed that item can be taken home. This cost will be advised at the start of the course.


For NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 courses will be made up of a selection of the stated standards. This will happen at the beginning of the year with the assigned teacher.