The IB Middle Years Programme or MYP is designed as a five year course of study, typically grades 6-10 (the IB Diplomma Programme, or DP, covers grades 11-12). Each of the eight subject areas must be taught a minimum of 50 hours per school year. Technology is one of the eight subject areas. Each year of the programme has 3 projects with each covering one of the ‘branches’ of technology. These branches are Materials, Information and Systems. Each of the three branches must be covered in each year of the Middle Years Programme and lessons are formulated around them in each year.
MYP Technology: Year 1 of 5 (typically grade 6)
The main goal of the first year of study in MYP Technology is to introduce and put into practice the Design Cycle. The lessons and units are designed to lead the students through each phase of the design cycle step by step so that they can practice using it. The design cycle is the driving force behind all that is planned and taught in the MYP Technology course. Students also have the opportunity to learn about and use a design brief, design specification and criteria assessment rubric. 50 lessons are included following the syllabus below.
MYP Technology: Year 2 of 5 (typically grade 7)
The second year of MYP Technology builds upon the first year. There are further opportunities for students to practice using the design cycle. This will allow students to improve their skills in writing design briefs, design specifications and using assessment rubrics. The difference in the first and second year of the Technology course is that the projects vary from simplistic in the first year to more sophisticated in the final year.
MYP Technology: Year 3 of 5 (typically grade 8)
The third year of the programme has 3 projects with each covering one of the ‘branches’ of technology. These branches are Materials, Information and Systems. Each of the three branches must be covered in each year of the Middle Years Programme.
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