Technology

Jewelry Design 8

Jewelry Design 8 (1/2 year) - This course focuses on the introduction of decorative metal working. Students will build on their current knowledge of Metal Work and learn new skills such as centrifugal casting, jewelry design, hand tool use, silver soldering, wire sculpture, cuttlebone casting, and enamel work.

Technology Education 9

This course offers a student the chance to design and build projects that are relatively easy to
make and do not require advanced wood working or metal working skills. Hands on skills such
as soldering may be required but use of large industrial machinery will not be required. Students
enjoy working in teams to solve a variety of challenge projects such as the CO2 powered race
cars which can reach speeds of 60 km/h . Other challenges include creating and launching pop
bottle rockets, making a protective egg gondola, bridge building and an introduction to
electronics. The emphasis is on designing a solution to a problem and most projects are
completed in teams or two or on your own.

Metalwork 9

Metalwork 9 involves use of both a variety of hand and power tools. Students should be
prepared to attempt to use all welding machines in the shop even if they do not build a
project with them. Gaining experience on these machines is important however you do
not need advanced skill to be successful in this class. Students with little experience will
use hand tools to create a metal rose or a mythical iron man type of a mask. Iron rod
designs will also be encouraged and these are based on designs that students create.
Advanced students may choose to continue with ring making using the lost wax casting
method which was demonstrated in grade 8. Other advanced projects include wrought
iron terminator style fighting men using the oxyacetylene torches to weld metal together.
Students have also designed and built armour shields and gauntlets used by Knights in the
past.

Woodwork 9

This course will provide beginners with the opportunity to learn the basics of woodworking while allowing advanced students to continue to develop their skills to a higher level. Projects range from easy wooden pens or cut out wooden puzzles to complex end tables or even personal designs. Students are encouraged to design a project of their own based on a need such as a book shelf or a cabinet. Students will have full access to the shop machinery including table saw, routers, band saws, lathes, sanders, jointer, planer and chop saws. Safety is always our top priority and student must behave accordingly.
This year, we will be introducing an Aboriginal study which includes a variety of carving techniques and materials. We will start with the traditional cedar carving and work our way into the more exotic soap stone. Both types produce stunning end results and we will tie these projects in with studies of First Nations culture. Students have access to all the tools and materials that professional carvers have at their disposal. This course emphasizes hand tools only such as draw knives, carving knives, rasps and basic hand held wood saws. Finishing the project is done by hand sanding and staining.