Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) subjects aim to engage students in a diverse range of practical activities that provide opportunities for them to achieve success in areas relevant to them as individuals and to society. St Patrick’s College aims to utilise Technology education as a means of involving students in creative and practical experiences using a range of technologies. These technologies may be used for researching, designing, manipulating and producing products, systems and environments. Students develop critical thinking skills and learn about and use a variety of resources, materials, tools and techniques to solve problems and meet identified needs.
Students are exposed to a range of technologies that utilise a variety of materials. Timber, computers and plastics are the main focus areas. The timber workshops provide students with a variety of modern and well maintained machines. Students from years 7 to 12 also make full use of a plastic vacuum former to produce a variety of models and components for projects. A specialised Computer laboratory is available for TAS classes, which contains a CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) mill capable of producing smaller highly detailed projects, CAD programs such as Solid Edge and TurboCAD, as well as video editing software for production of PowerPoint and video presentations. Metal is also incorporated into a number of smaller projects.
• 1 x Specialised TAS Computer Laboratory (CNC mill, video editing and CAD Facilities)
Students undertake various compulsory Occupation Health and Safety inductions and Safety Testing throughout all practical subjects to comply with legislative requirements.