“It focuses on analysis, design and development, synthesis and evaluation. The creative tension between theory and practice is what characterizes design technology… A well-planned design program enables students to develop not only practical skills but also strategies for creative and critical thinking.” (www.ibo.org)
Westwood students have many opportunities to learn and create with both simple and advanced types of technology. From the building of sets to the sewing of costumes, our students form a foundation from which they can utlilize more advanced equipment to its fullest. Both Lower and Upper School have MakerSpaces where students can experiment individually and in groups using the latest tools and 3-D printers. They have access to the newest computers and programs starting in first grade. They also learn to work with state-of-the art light and sound boards, photography and developing film, film cameras, editing equipment, computer enhanced graphics and projection equipment.
Students participate in an array of activities involving the latest technology:
- Writing and publishing books
- Game design
- Future City Engineering Contest – middle school students design, create a model a city of the future that will solve a problem facing society and present their ideas to engineers at a competition at UTA
- Digital portfolios and digitizing art
- Robotics club