Year 8 Materials Technology

LEVEL: Year 8

LENGTH: 1 Semester

This course consists of one semester of Materials Technology, integrating aspects of traditional workshop-based learning and newer digital technologies.

The Materials Technology component of the course will include woodwork, metalwork, plastics, electronics and mixed materials technology. Throughout this subject, students will develop skills in design process thinking as well as use a range of hand tools and fixed machinery to develop products and design solutions. They will also be introduced to rapid prototyping technology (such as 3D printing or laser cutting). Possible projects may include:

  • Wooden Toy
  • Illuminated name plaque using a combination of materials such as plastics and electronics
  • Folded sheet metal products
  • Basic coding using Micro Bits or similar
  • Basic CAD applications (Onshape/laser cutting/Adobe Illustrator/ Adobe Photoshop)


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Achievement Standards as outlined in the framework of the Australian Curriculum. Grades A to E will be used for reporting purposes.

Leads to: Year 9 Art MetalworkYear 9 Digital TechnologyYear 9 Metalwork, Year 9 WoodworkYear 9 Food & CultureYear 9 Food & Nutrition and Year 9 Textiles.