Welcome to Grade 9 Design and Technology

Course Overview

This class is designed to build on design and technology skills that were developed in years 7 and 8. The aims of the course are aligned with the MYP Design and Technology syllabus. They include:
  • To develop an appreciation of the significance of technology for life, society and the environment.
  • To use knowledge, skills and techniques to create products and solutions of a high quality.
  • To use problem-solving and critical/creative thinking skills through the application of the design cycle.
  • To use and apply ICT as a way to access, process and communicate information, and to solve problems.

The IB design and technology syllubus follows the same design process that professionals would use in the real world. Students will be working through the 4 main stages of the design process in the creation of there own product/solution. Below is an image of the design process that we will be using over the next 2 assignments.

The design cycle is a central tool that we will be following for each of our projects. The 4 main stages are:
  1. Investigate: Students begin each project by identifying the problem(s) to be solved. They will need to develop a design brief, and formulate design specifications for the project.
  2. Plan: The planning phase involves the design of the product or solution. Students will need to generate several feasible designs, evaluate each one against the design specification developed in the investigation stage and select on design and justify its choice.
  3. Create: Using appropriate techniques and equipment, students will follow the plan in the creation of their product solution and justify any changes that were made to the original plan.
  4. Evaluate: In the final stage students will evaluate the success of the product/solution and explain how the solution could be improved. Students will also look at how their product/solution will impact individuals and greater society if applicable.

MYP design cycle

Here is a short video that can shed a little more light on the MYP design cycle.