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Prairiewood High School

Prairiewood High School

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Technological and applied studies

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This is for PHS students who need to complete their TAS Safety Testing.

Technological and applied studies (TAS) is mandatory for all students in Year 7 and 8. Students can also select from a range of elective TAS subjects.

In TAS, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through a design and production process using a range of tools, materials and techniques in theory and practical lessons.

The continuum of technology learning is:

  • mandated from Kindergarten to Year 8 through Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 syllabuses
  • based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding to design and produce solutions
  • optional for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.

Prairiewood High School (PHS) Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) students are inspired to learn the knowledge and skills needed to bring their creative ideas into reality. This means that they learn to design and produce solutions to a wide range of real-world problems.  These design solutions may involve designing and building wooden furniture, developing tasty and nutritious food solutions for a special event, creating their own electric hybrid bicycles or creating a new free-world game using Unity’s game engine, to mention but a few of the avenues our students have chosen to pursue.

The PHS TAS faculty further encourages student creativity and teamwork through a variety of co-curricular programs including the Formula 1 in Schools Challenge, First Lego League and First Tech Challenge.

Technology learning at PHS looks like this:

  • Beginning in Year 7 and finishing in Year 8, all PHS students learn the basics of imagining and creating solutions to problems in food and agriculture, digital technologies, Engineered Systems and Materials Technologies. Along the way, they meet 3D printers, Python code, a 700kg Bull in a working farm, chisels and planes, designer hamburgers, and design an ASEO operative’s clothes and begin to drive Autodesk’s professional design software.
  • In Years 9 and 10, Students have the opportunity to take their creative solutions to another level by choosing from an exciting range of elective subjects that allow them to specialise in Agriculture, Food, Wood, Engineering, Computing, Child and Community Studies, Textiles and more.
  • Years 11 and 12 provide our students with the best possible pathway for their future careers by equipping them with practical knowledge and skills developed through individual and collaborative project-based coursework. The students' completed projects are designed to produce real evidence of their abilities to prospective employers and tertiary educations providers.

Available courses include:

  • Technology Mandatory Years 7-8
  • Agricultural Technology Years 7-10
  • Design and Technology Years 7-10
  • Food Technology Years 7-10
  • Industrial Technology Timber and Engineering Years 7-10
  • Information and Software Technology Years 7-10
  • Textiles Technology Years 7-10
  • VET Hospitality Years 7-10
  • Agriculture Stage 6
  • Design and Technology Stage 6
  • Engineering Studies Stage 6
  • Food Technology Stage 6
  • Industrial Technology Timber Stage 6
  • Information Processes and Technology Stage 6
  • Software Design and Development Stage 6
  • Textiles and Design Stage 6.
  • Community and Family Studies Stage 6
  • Exploring Early Childhood Stage 6
  • VET Construction
  • VET Hospitality 

Photos of TAS projects

Below is a selection of photos of TAS projects.

Laser cut lamp

F1 in Schools track

Exploring Early Childhood

Exploring Early Childhood

Regional FLL Robotics Competition

Yr 11 D & T Key tag

Industrial Technology Engineering

Lego Robotics Project Yr 7

Unity 2D game for Information & Software Technology class.

F1 in Schools Car

F1 car visits PHS

Exploring Early Childhood

Exploring Early Childhood

Yr 11 D & T Students show their laser cut key tags

Industrial Technology Engineering