Resistant Materials Technology

Learning in resistant materials

Resistant materials, in technology relates to  multiple types of material.  These could include traditional materials such as wood, metal or bone and such composite as carbon fibre, glass, plastics or cement products.

The study of resistant materials values and promotes both traditional and modern elements of craftsmanship in preparing young New Zealanders for a range of skilled and productive futures and preparing them to contribute to our quality of life at home and competitive exports abroad.

Resistant materials technologies offer students exciting practical learning opportunities.  Through these opportunities students will:


Technology Visual Communication TEV [Graphics]

Learning in TEV [Graphics]

Graphics connects strongly to the technology learning area and supports technological practice through visual communication knowledge and techniques to develop conceptual designs or technological outcomes of a graphical nature.

Graphics engages students in purposeful study of drawing and design and challenges them to develop and communicate design ideas.

Learning in graphics focuses on the three inter-related strands of:




Students will learn the practical skills of reading and interpreting circuit diagrams, knowledgeable use of electronic components and the design of printed circuit boards.  They will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.

New Zealand needs young people who can compete in the technology race that is driving the global economy, and who have the ability to become leaders in electronics design and construction.

Electronic devices are the building blocks of our information age making what may seem impossible one day feasible the next.  Almost every aspect of our lives is informed and managed by microcontrollers, such as those found inside portable electronic games, wrist watches, heart rate monitors, automated vacuum cleaners and eco-light bulbs. New electronic devices can make interfaces more suitable for humans for example, touch screens and interactive games with touch screens and body movement recognition that make new kinds of human-computer interaction possible.

The study of electronics allows students to develop practical and creative skills and conceptual understandings that they can carry into any career in the future.


Subjects can be viewed from our curriculum page.


Head of Department:  Peter Dodds

Contact details: or telephone 453 6035 [ext 819].



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Dunedin, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 453 6035
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