Education minister observes Design and Tech workshop
SENIOR officials from the Ministry of Education yesterday afternoon visited the ongoing ‘Enhancement of Design and Technology and Other Technology Subjects’ workshop at the Mechanic Training Centre in Kg Tungku.
The workshop trained 16 teachers from eight secondary schools and vocational institutes undertaking a design and technology curriculum leading to Cambridge O levels, International General Certificate Secondary Education (IGCSE) and A levels.
Officials hoped to get a closer look at the activities aimed at building the professional capacities of design and technology teachers to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning methods.
The Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong, spoke to participating teachers and trainers, gathering feedback from the workshop.
Currently in its third week, the workshop’s focus is on the “Formula 1 (F1) in Schools’ Challenges”, where teachers learn to design mini F1 car models using the latest computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) tools and Denform machines specialised for analysis and testing of models on a 24-metre elevated race track.
Among the workshop objectives are the introduction of new CAD/CAM learning tools in a motivational and inspirational environment to teachers and the upgrading of their pedagogical skills.
Upon completing the workshop, teachers are expected to apply their skills in their teaching, communicating new ideas through modeling, graphical skills, discussion and writing.
“We trained with the software in the first week, where we learnt to design a car. The next two weeks, we learnt to handle these sophisticated machines, designed specifically for F1... our trainers who are from Denford, specialise in maintenance and setup… When we come out of this workshop, hopefully we can deliver these skills not just to students but also help and train other teachers in these kinds of projects. In January, our schools will get the exact same eight machines we used in the workshop,” said Johary Hj Mohammad, who has been teaching design and technology at Sekolah Menengah Sultan Sharif Ali for eight years.
The current shape of design and technology in Brunei Darussalam stems from a review that began in 1999 identifying the need for a curriculum reform to bring technical education on par with courses offered internationally.
Also present were Deputy Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Hj Yusoff Hj Ismail, and a host of other senior officials from the ministry.
The Brunei Times