Creative & Digital Technologies -
Electronics, Coding & Robotics Control


The study of Creative & Digital Technology – Electronics CDT is very popular as it provides opportunities for students to problem solve, innovate and develop projects. This begins from identifying a need to design and develop and learn how technological developments impact our world. The courses that are taught at various levels lead the pathway that branches into various disciplines of Engineering such as Electrical and Electronics, Software programming and Mechatronics.

Students are given the opportunity to embed Electronics with coding. Hence, they get to learn the following skills and apply them to make the products such as line follower robots and sumo bots.

  • Building circuits using breadboards
  • Arduino / Raspberry Pi micro controllers
  • Coding languages such as C++, Python
  • Design and make electronic circuits using Schematic software such as 2D PCB
  • Using CNC plotters to print PCBs
  • Using 3 D printers and laser cutter to print chassis.

As an extra-curricular activity, students are also encouraged to work on CREST programs that are run by Royal Society of New Zealand along with an external consultant. Students focus on designing to development to make a product that would help the community.





Year 10 MYP Creative & Digital Technologies - Electronics and Coding    (10CDT)

Students involve in designing electronic circuits and products that incorporate the MYP design process to produce an outcome. The focussed areas are:

  • Inquiring and Analysing
  • Developing ideas
  • Creating the solution
  • Evaluation.

The acquired skills are:

  • Circuit building using Arduino UNO
  • Coding using C ++
  • 2 D design using Corel draw
  • Laser cutting skills
  • 3 D design & printing.


Level 1 Creative & Digital Technologies - Electronics     (11CDT)

This course offers the opportunity for students to extend their experience of the year 10 program in electronics technology or start a program of study in the applications and manipulation of electronics environments for technological applications. Projects offer opportunities to build skills around Robot building, Coding, 3 D design and printing and Laser cutting

The assessment standards are:

  • Keep it alive – Arduino Circuitry & Coding skills
  • Lantern choice – Corel draw design
  • Line follower robot – Develop the proposal
  • Line follower robot – Develop the outcome.


Level 2 Digital Technologies Electronics    (12CDT)

This course offers the opportunity for students to be involved in the design and construction of SUMO WRESTLING robots.  Students will learn about different methods of control, which include radio control, infra-red control as well as Bluetooth. Students will have access to the faculty’s 3D printers and CAD software to design and print parts for their robots.  The SUMO robots will eventually be used in an inter-school SUMOBOT contest held against Pakuranga and Howick College.

The Achievement Standards for assessment are:

  • Tech 2.3  Undertake a conceptual development for an outcome
  • Digital Technology Tech 2.1 Conduct an inquiry to process a digital technologies outcome
  • Digital Technology Tech 2.5 Use advanced techniques to develop an electronics outcome
  • Tech 2.7  Demonstrate understanding of redundancy and reliability in technological systems.


Level 3 Digital Technologies Electronics    (13CDT)

This course offers the opportunity for students to use their knowledge and skills in electronics to design and manufacture an advanced/complex electronics system that will address a need in their local community.

  • Digital Tech 3.1  Develop a critical inquiry for a digital technologies outcome
  • Digital Tech 3.2  Apply user interface methodologies to develop a design
  • Digital Tech 3.5  Use complex techniques to develop an electronics outcome
  • Tech 3.5  Demonstrate understanding of how technological modelling supports technological development.


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