2018-2019 Course Outline

COURSE:         Design 7

TEACHER:        Pam Matthews

CONTACT:        pmatthews@go.islandpacific.org



The overall purpose of the Design Technology program at Island Pacific School is to use a model of inquiry and problem solving to develop creative thinkers ready to face the challenges and opportunities presented in an increasingly technological society. In this course we will focus on using the MYP Design Cycle as a model of thinking and as a strategy to help students investigate problems, plan, design, create and evaluate the products and solutions they generate in class. Students completing this course will have developed skills to promote their creative and critical-thinking strategies throughout the design process and not simply be concerned with the final product.

The aims of MYP Design are to encourage and enable students to:



The following units will be covered over the course of the year.

Term 1:        A Review of the Design Cycle for Problem Solving

                Investigating bird habitat and designing and building a birdhouse

Term 2:        Scratch computer programming

International foods - Designing a meal and cooking

Term 3:        Go-karts


Resources and Materials

In this course, students will be using a variety of resources across all projects. Since much of the research work we do will take place online, we will be using the computer lab for much of our work as well as the ipads. Additionally, some of the projects will require that students gather materials from home for building and modification. When possible, we will try to ensure that projects in this course do not require the students to purchase new materials, though some students may wish to purchase items when recycled or “up-cycled” materials are not available.

Students should keep their work organized digitally within the IPS Google Drive folders system, as much of their assessment will be based on their effective use of the Design Folder used to organize each project. For hands-on materials work, students should have a binder and pencils. .


Island Pacific School uses the International Baccalaureate rubrics to evaluate students in reference to four distinct criteria. In this course, those criteria are as follows:

Criterion A:  Inquiring and Analysing

Criterion B:  Developing Ideas

Criterion C:  Creating a Solution
Criterion D:  Evaluating

For a complete list of the  MYP Design criteria and their relevant level descriptors you can download a PDF at the following URL:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9v5Yrj_mar_cHBtZ2JBSVVEV0U/edit 

For a complete description of BC’s New Curriculum Core Competencies for Applied skills and technology 7 https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/adst/7 

Throughout the year there are various report cards and parent, student, teacher interviews that will give us an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, but please feel free to contact me throughout the year if you have any questions or concerns.