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Materials Technology Wood


Junior Cycle - Materials Technology Wood

Subject Group: Practical
These subjects are 'hands-on' and involve working with tools and machinery on physical things like wood, metals and plastic. They may involve designing, planning and building things.

Brief Description:

Materials Technology Wood (MTW) is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle. In MTW you will learn to design small projects and the skills required to use tools and equipment to make your designs. You will work mainly with wood but also with other materials. You will learn about wood as a material and how it is produced.

How will Materials Technology Wood be useful to me?
  • You will know the correct procedures to follow when developing an idea into a finished artefact e.g. a piece of furniture or a child’s toy etc.
  • You will be able to identify different trees, recognise their importance to us and our environment
  • You will also have the skills to make objects from wood and know how to apply appropriate finishes to them, e.g. paint, varnish, stain or polish.

Note: Specifications for the technology subjects will be revised in phase 4 of the Junior Cycle Developments, with the changes commencing in 2017, for certification in 2020.

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