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Technology

Technology is a Junior Cycle subject which aims:

  • To contribute to the student's preparation for life through encouraging the constructive and creative use of such knowledge and transferable skills as might be applicable to solving practical problems

  • To contribute to the student's development of qualities of self-reliance, self- confidence, resourcefulness and initiative

  • To contribute to the student's preparation for life by stimulating the student's interest and confidence in working safely with equipment and materials

  • To develop in the student such skills of visualisation and of manipulation as are involved in designing and making artefacts

  • To develop in the student the abilities to make a critical evaluation of a piece of work and to take appropriate action

  • To develop the student's knowledge and understanding of communications conventions and of scientific and technological phenomena and terminology

  • To develop in the student an appreciation of how technology impacts on society and an understanding of how it might be used to the benefit or detriment of the social and physical environment

  • To develop in the student an appreciation that established technological solutions reflect the accumulation of the experience and wisdom of the ages 

Technology

What will I learn in Technology?
Some of the things you will learn include:

  • An understanding and appreciation of design and the design process
  • How to use the tools and equipment necessary to complete projects in a safe manner
  • An understanding of different materials, their properties and how best to work with these materials, i.e. wood, metals and plastics
  • How to use electronic components to build simple circuits for use in tasks and projects e.g. running mechanical toys

How will I learn Technology in school?

  • Investigate the role of technology in the world we live in
  • Use tools and equipment in a safe manner
  • Learn how to identify a range of different materials and their properties
  • Use the design process to find a technological solution to a problem
  • Communicate your ideas using sketches and design drawings
  • Learn about mechanisms such as gears and how they work. 

What is the Technology Junior Certificate exam like?
There are two parts to the exam:

  • Coursework - you will design and make a project based on a given design brief (instructions).This is worth 50% if you take Higher level and 60% if you take Ordinary level
  • Written exam - you will also complete a written exam which is worth the remaining percentage
  • You can take the exam at Higher level or at Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best