UPGRADED Materials, Design and Technology (MDT) facilities were officially opened at New Norfolk High School earlier this month. Local students now have access to one of the most sophisticated technology learning areas in Tasmania that will equip them with new skills for an emerging job market.
Education and Training Minister Jeremy Rockliff MHA said the $500,000 upgrade included new computers, software and routers to assist students with design and drawing. "There's also a computer numerically-controlled booth, electronic smart board, woodturning booth, new metal and woodworking equipment and upgrades of the basics like benches, tools and lighting," Mr Rockliff said.
"Importantly, for the first time, students can use computer-driven routers that are capable of shaping a variety of commercial products and materials such as soft metals, brass, stainless steel, timber and stone. This means students can create, design and produce a finished product from their one-stop workshop. This is a great boost for all the Year 7 and 8 students who do MDT, and the great number of students who choose to study this as an elective in Year 9 and 10."
Mr Rockliff thanked GPJ Architects and builders CDC Development Tas Pty Ltd for their work in bringing the refurbishment to life. "I wish all the MDT students the all the best with their exciting endeavours in this new refurbished facility," he said.