Resistant Materials Technology

Resistant materials, in technology relates to multiple types of material. These could include traditional materials such as wood, metal or bone and such composite as carbon fibre, glass, plastics or cement products.

The study of resistant materials values and promotes both traditional and modern elements of craftsmanship. This prepares young New Zealanders for a range of skilled and productive futures, and prepares them to contribute to our quality of life at home and competitive exports abroad.

The students are offered exciting practical learning opportunities enabling them to:

  • become more confident by using equipment, tools and machines to make interesting and functional outcomes for themselves and others
  • develop and apply their knowledge from other disciplines such as mathematics, physics and chemistry
  • learn to communicate and cooperate with others in getting the job done
  • develop the skills, knowledge, work habits, attributes and attitudes desired by employers
  • create a broad platform for future training and higher education

Technology Visual Communication TEV [Graphics]

Graphics connects strongly to the technology learning area and supports technological practice through visual communication, knowledge and techniques, to develop conceptual designs or technological outcomes of a graphical nature.

Graphics engages students in purposeful study of drawing and design and challenges them to develop and communicate design ideas.

Learning in graphics focuses on the three inter-related strands of:

  • graphics practice
  • design
  • visual communication where visual literacy and creative thinking is developed using visual communication techniques


  • develop their creativity
  • learn about the practice of designing [initiation and developing ideas]
  • make qualitative judgments [informed decisions on aesthetic and functional aspects of design]
  • develop a range of drawing [visual communication] skills through an activity-based project-driven approach


Students will learn the practical skills of reading and interpreting circuit diagrams, knowledgeable use of electronic components and the design of printed circuit boards. They will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. New Zealand needs young people who can compete in the technology race that is driving the global economy, and who have the ability to become leaders in electronics design and construction.

Electronic devices are the building blocks of our information age, making what may seem impossible one day, feasible the next.

Almost every aspect of our lives is informed and managed by microcontrollers, such as those found inside:

  • portable electronic games
  • wrist watches
  • heart rate monitors
  • automated vacuum cleaners
  • eco-light bulbs

New electronic devices can make interfaces more suitable for humans for example, touch screens and interactive games with touch screens and body movement recognition that make new kinds of human-computer interaction possible.

The study of electronics allows students to develop practical and creative skills and conceptual understandings that they can carry into any career in the future.