What is Applied Technology?
Applied Technology is part of the suite of the technology subjects offered in Junior Cycle. In Applied Technology you will learn about properties of materials, electronics, coding and much more. You will also develop skills in Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD). Applied Technology encourages the exploration of the real world to explore concepts relating to Applied Technology. Throughout the subject a safe failure approach will be taken where students are encouraged to try new skills and explore different areas of interest to them.
What will I learn in Applied Technology?
Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:
- how to produce drawings using drawing equipment, freehand sketches and CAD
- basic principles of electronic circuits
- how to program a Micro:Bit and other control boards
- the importance of technology in our everyday life
- how to use basic hand tools to shape different types of materials
- the development of design thinking and creative problem-solving skills
How will I learn Applied Technology in school?
Students will use a hands-on approach to learning Applied Technology in school. Students will use hand tools to shape materials, computers to develop coding skills and CAD skills and cardboard to develop prototyping skills.
Will Applied Technology have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying in Junior Cycle?
The skills developed in Applied Technology are useful in many of the subjects in Junior Cycle due to the problem-solving nature of the subject and the ability to communicate information using sketches and diagrams. Applied Technology is particularly useful for STEM subjects such as Mathematics, Graphics, Wood Technology and Coding.
What is assessment for Applied Technology in Junior Cycle?
The assessment for Applied Technology includes 2 Classroom-Based Assessments.
A 30% project and 70% final examination.
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What happens to Applied Technology after the Junior Cycle?
Applied Technology is followed by Technology for the Leaving Certificate.